Meet the Team: Juno Kim

Juno Kim

October 8th, 2014

As a part of the marketing outreach team, Juno began working with the TEDxVancouver team since early this year. Now after months of behind the scenes work, meet one of the two social media managers who have been keeping you up to date on all the TEDxVancouver happenings. Meet Juno.

Tell us about yourself and why you got involved with TEDx.
My name’s Juno Kim and I got involved with TEDx because of the nature of the event. Ideas are powerful, and sharing forward thinking ideas is incredibly important to continually improve and grow as individuals and as a society. TEDx does a great job of showcasing incredible people sharing passionate stories and ingenious ways of thinking.

What do you currently do for work?
I have a catering company specializing in multiple course pop-up dinners around Vancouver. It’s called Juno Kim Catering, and we focus on highlighting locally sourced ingredients while providing a unique and educational experience.

What is your dream job?
My dream job would be to have my own cooking school. We would teach people how to cook, of course, but we would also teach about nutrition, food issues, and it would be structured in a way to empower locals who have a hard time getting the food they need.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your career?
Get yourself out of your comfort zone. It’s not always easy, but every time you do, you should be able to learn something valuable from the experience. You’re not going to reach your full potential by taking the safe, easy route.

What’s your favourite thing about Vancouver?
It’s hard to choose one favourite. The bounty of fresh, local foods. The environmentally and socially conscious citizens. The beautiful duality of city and nature. Vancouver isn’t perfect, but its strengths resonate very well with me.

What’s your morning ritual before work?
Meditating to clear my mind before I get into the kitchen. Mindfulness is one of the biggest things that has allowed me to get to where I am.

What book is on your nightstand right now?
Volume 4 of Modernist Cuisine. The Modernist Cuisine is a comprehensive look at food from the history and origins, all the way to the most modern of techniques. Food porn at its best.

What’s one thing you do to keep you inspired?
Read. Whether it’s food, leadership, philanthropy, or artistic endeavours, reading is like feeding your mind. Absorbing information can be extremely addictive, and empowering.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
So far, starting a creative catering company without any commercial kitchen experience or education. I’m self-taught, and while I have put in a lot of time studying and practicing my craft, the lack of education and training made the learning process a little difficult. I’m currently at Merchant’s Oyster Bar to learn the commercial side of the industry, and to learn from some incredibly talented people.

Tell us about your favourite TED talk.
Schools and education are two things that I’m passionate about, and I personally think the school system has so many areas that need to be improved to empower our young adults to succeed. Sir Ken Robinson’s talk resonated with me on many levels, and I think everyone should give it a watch.

What’s your motto?
Create. It doesn’t matter what it is, but create something that you’re passionate about or would like to learn. Draw a picture, write a song, cook a dish, plant an herb… Create something that didn’t exist before.

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