L.A.-raised maverick chef and Kogi taco truck co-founder Roy Choi is coming to DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena to celebrate the release of “L.A. SON: My Life, My City, My Food,” his inventive cookbook memoir with Anthony Bourdain, who will join the author in conversation.
Bourdain, in addition to hosting the Emmy Award-winning TV show “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” on CNN and “The Taste” on ABC, is the author of the bestselling “Kitchen Confidential” as well as “A Cook’s Tour,” “Medium Raw,” and three crime novels, among others. This is Bourdain’s only U.S. appearance with Roy Choi during his “L.A. Son” tour, and it will feature an exclusive conversation and audience Q&A.
In 2008, chef Roy Choi took his fine dining experience—cultivated at the Culinary Institute of America, Le Bernardin and the Beverly Hills Hilton—and jumpstarted the food truck craze in American with the creation of the wildly popular Kogi truck and the invention of his now famous Korean tacos. Awarded by Bon Appetit for “being true innovators as grassroots guerrilla restaurateurs,” Choi and the Kogi team truly launched a mobile food craze.
Now, in “L.A. Son,” Choi, the godfather of the food truck revolution and Food & Wine’s Best New Chef of 2010, offers a touching memoir and flavorful cookbook that’s as inventive and creative as the city to which it pays homage: Los Angeles.
In “L.A. Son” Choi takes readers through the neighborhoods and streets most tourists never see, from the casinos where gamblers slurp fragrant bowls of pho to Downtown’s Jewelry District, where a 10-year-old Choi wolfed down Jewish deli classics between diamond deliveries; from the kitchen of his parents' Korean restaurant and his mother’s pungent kimchee to the boulevards of East L.A. and the best taquerias in the country, to at last, the curbside view from one of his emblematic Kogi taco trucks, where people from all walks of life line up for a revolutionary meal.
Roy Choi was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and went on to cook at the internationally acclaimed Le Bernadin. He was named Best New Chef by Food & Wine in 2010 and he and his Kogi BBQ team are the recipients of a 2009 Bon Appetit award for excellence in culinary innovation. Choi is the co-owner, co-founder, and chef of Kogi BBQ, as well as the restaurants A-Frame, Chego, Sunny Spot and upcoming POT. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Anthony Bourdain is host of the Emmy Award winning TV show “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” on CNN and “The Taste” on ABC. He is the author of the bestselling “Kitchen Confidential” as well as “A Cook’s Tour,” “Medium Raw,” three crime novels, a cookbook, a biography of Typhoid Mary, the bestselling graphic novel “Get JIRO!,” and others. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Gourmet and many other publications. He recently launched his own publishing line, Anthony Bourdain Books, with Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins.
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The Nov. 5 event will take place from 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets (available for purchase at powerhousearena.com) are $85 and include a signed copy of “L.A. Son,” wine, and food from momofuku and momofuku milk bar. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to RootDown LA and The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. powerHouse Arena is located at 37 Main St. in DUMBO.