A Taste of Minneapolis With Chef Ann Kim

Explore Minneapolis with James Beard 2019 Regional Best Chef Ann Kim


As part of Capital One’s ongoing partnership with the James Beard Foundation, Capital One cardholders get year-round access to special events and dining experiences. “A Regional Taste” provides a one-of-a-kind culinary tour of the hometowns of five recent James Beard Regional Best Chef award winners. Join host and chef Antonia Lofaso for this five-city tour that concludes with the chefs coming together to prepare a Capital One cardholder dinner at the James Beard House.

In this episode of “A Regional Taste,” host and chef Antonia Lofaso joins James Beard 2019 Regional Best Chef Ann Kim in her hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This episode was recorded prior to February 2020.

Nicknamed the City of Lakes, Minneapolis, Minnesota is known for its cold winters, extensive trail system and vibrant dining scene. It’s also the home of Ann Kim, chef and owner at Young Joni, a restaurant focused on global wood-fire cooking traditions including pizza and Korean short ribs. Never one to take a traditional path, Kim was not formally trained as a chef but learned the “hustle” vital to her restaurant’s success during her first career as a stage actress. Today she shares her favorite spots in Minneapolis including a coffee shop, a burger joint and her own restaurant. 

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