An Interview with Chef David Choi Owner of Seoul Taco

Chef, restaurateur and owner of Seoul Taco, David Choi talks with

Despite his busy schedule, chef, restaurateur and owner of Seoul Taco, David Choi (DC), found the time to talk with (CHP) regarding his addictive Korean-influence taco, burritos and more which is scheduled to open soon in Hyde Park, Chicago.

Seoul Taco, a Korean-Mexican fast casual restaurant will open soon at 1321 E. 57th Street, Chicago (former locations of Edwardo’s Pizza & Cemitas Puebla).

Following is our interview with Chef Choi:

CHP: Where did you grow up?

DC: I was born in St Louis MO

CHP: Where did you go to college and what was your major?

DC: My College is now called Evangel University my major was General Studies. I didn't know what I wanted to really do. I guess it worked out.

CHP: Why was Hyde Park chosen as one of the locations for the fast-casual Korean-Mexican brand Seoul Taco?

DC: One it's a great neighborhood with diversity. I love the mix of University Students and sense of community Hyde Park has. I want to be able to bring an affordable menu and be a part and hopefully a staple in any neighborhood we open a Seoul Taco in. I think Hyde Park supports small businesses and we are excited to be part of this community.

CHP: When did you know you wanted to be a chef?

DC: Not necessarily did I think it would ever be a profession but in college I went to a small school, so our cafeteria was horrible. I had to learn how to cook. I really missed Korean food and learned from the culinary school of my Mom and Grandma. They really helped me learn Korean cuisine and it also helped that I worked in a lot of smaller restaurants ever since high school. So, the kitchen wasn't all that unfamiliar.

CHP: What is your favorite junk food?

Answer: At home Flaming Hot Cheetos, Shin Ramen, or Pizza. But everyone who knows me knows my guilty pleasure is Mc Donald's.

CHP: Who in the food world do you most admire?

DC: Locally Abe Conlon of Fat Rice and Won Kim of Kimskis do a fantastic job and are doing things that not many are doing really anywhere else.

CHP: Favorite foods to cook with?

DC: I love spicy foods so hot peppers, Kimchi, gochujjang are great.

CHP: White Sox or the Cubs and why?

DC: I love baseball. I grew up in St. Louis as a Cardinals fan, so I undoubtedly have to say the Sox as they are in the AL and I can safely adopt them as my official AL team since I live here now. No Cubs ever.

CHP: What do you most love about your job?

DC: Meeting new people every day. We have a motto that we don't want to just serve great food, but we want to serve people. I wouldn't have ever opened unless I wanted to meet new people every day.

CHP: One last question, Chef: What’s your ‘Last Supper’ meal? Your ‘Death Row’ meal, as Anthony Bourdain puts it.

DC: Oh, probably a great Sushi Omakase with some Uni and O toro A5 wagyu. Or Mc Donald's…haha

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