“There is No Room For Hate in Food” and Other Lessons from Minneapolis Chef Ann Kim

Interview by Billy Shore

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

When you wake up in the morning, can you say you’re proud of what you built? James Beard award-winning Minneapolis chef Ann Kim joins Billy Shore to talk about her immigrant experience, approach to food, and observations about her community in the wake of the George Floyd murder. “It is our job to make changes, educate and learn. We can’t make decisions rooted in fear,” she says. “People scream when they feel like they’re not being heard. I was trying to listen and I wasn’t quite sure how I was to react, except that I wanted to support the black community,” explains Kim.

Kim talks about her immigrant experience and the importance of the dinner table. “There is no room for hate in food. Food is about nurturing and taking care of people. It’s about making people feel special and welcome. It really is the great peacemaker,” says Kim, who is a staunch supporter of No Kid Hungry.

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Ann Kim

Ann Kim

Chef/Owner
Ann Kim is the Chef/Owner of Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza, and Young Joni. In 2019, Ann became the first woman and first person of color from Minneapolis to receive the James Beard Award for “Best Chef Midwest." She has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and CBS Saturday’s “The Dish.”  Her newest  restaurant, Sooki & Mimi, also located in Minneapolis, is named after two grandmothers of decidedly different cultures and backgrounds. Sooki & Mimi is about both connection and contrast. James Beard award-winning chef Ann Kim explores a new pathway, trading in her much-lauded pizza crust for springy, soft tortillas. Atop this delectable base sits a deeply personal menu filled with blended culinary cues spanning Korean, Midwestern, and Latin American ingredients, to name a few.  All of this within an elegant-yet-comfortable neighborhood joint.

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