Chef Esther Choi, owner and founder of New York’s mŏkbar, with locations in Chelsea Market and Brooklyn, ms.yoo in the Lower East Side, is an influential female Chef driven by her Korean roots. With a personal passion for introducing New Yorkers to the flavors of Korean culture, Chef Esther’s cooking combines traditional and modern influences with fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Inspired by the age-old technique of her Korean grandmother’s cooking, Chef Esther believes that food is the ultimate expression of a country’s culture. From its history and social customs, to its language, geography and arts, Chef Esther seeks to offer guests an understanding and appreciation of Korean Foods.
Chef Esther received formal training at New York City’s institute of Culinary Education and has worked across the kitchens of ilili, La Esquina, and the Food Network. Esther has received numerous awards for her culinary pursuits and was named “New York City’s Culinary Rock Star” in Zagat’s 30 Under 30.