Esther Choi is the Chef and owner of Mokbar and Ms.Yoo in New York City. Inspired by the time-honored techniques of her grandmother’s cooking, 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, Esther seeks to offer guests an understanding and appreciation of Korean food. Since the 2014 opening of her first venture, Mokbar in Chelsea Market, Esther has been hailed as a “New Rising Chef” by the Food Republic and in 2015 was named “Zagat 30 under 30” NYC Culinary Rockstar. From 2018 to 2019, Choi hosted Eater’s “The Kitchen Gadget Test Show”. Currently, she hosts Get Down with K-Town, a podcast about Korean-American Culture, which features Roy Choi, Judy Joo, Charlotte Cho, Dumbfoundead, and more. Mokbar has two locations one in Chelsea Market and another in Brooklyn, with a third slated to open in Midtown Manhattan in the Fall of 2021.