Inside Legacy Hall, no two food stalls are alike. Only the best local chefs have a place there, representing the best cuisine DFW has to offer. There’s one place for burgers; one for pizza and just one place offers customizable sushi in a bowl: FreshFin Poke Co. by Chef Joon Choe.
At 25 years old, Joon is the youngest chef featured at Legacy Hall. His neighbors include celebrities John Tesar and Tiffany Derry, and some of the most celebrated culinary wizards in the area, such as Tida Pichakron and Gianni Santin at Haute Sweets Patisserie and Andrew Chen at Monkey King Noodle. As we talk, some of these other resident chefs stop by to say hello. They’re clearly a tight-knit group, bonded as participants in the grandest foodie experiment Randy DeWitt and Jack Gibbons of FrontBurner Restaurant Group have ever pulled off.
“I had always liked cooking, but I never knew it would become my career,” he says over spicy tuna bowl gilded with roe. “But you come to a point [in your life] where you have to make a decision. I wanted to be uncomfortable. To be successful you have to get out of your comfort zone and take a leap.”
Hungry for a craft-driven career after graduating from Plano Senior High School, he attended the Culinary Institute of America (CIA).
“I didn’t know what cooking really was, or how to work a knife. I’d never left Texas before. It’s seriously at the tip of Upstate New York,” he laughs. Over the next two and a half years at CIA, he “learned everything [he] possibly could” and earned an internship at Jean Georges, a famous French eatery in New York City that overlooks Central Park.
Alexandra Cronin is Local Profile's senior editor. She has been with the company since 2016. She loves great coffee, good food, and average wine.
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