Judy Joo – a Korean-American chef trained in France, turned to the hospitality industry after working on Wall Street and realizing that life is too short not to follow your passion. She says: “I have been working as a chef for 17 years, starting as a pastry chef at the Gordon Ramsey restaurant when I first moved to London. After working in the Gordon Ramsey band, I went on to play all over the world, including three Michelin star The French Laundry in Yountville, CA; Heston Blumenthal’s three Michelin star The Fat Duck in Bray; as well as Bangkok’s Michelin-starred Nahm restaurant.
“Since then I’ve been on cooking shows in the UK and the US, such as Iron Chef, Sunday Brunch, Saturday Kitchen and more recently Cooking with the stars. I have two cookbooks, Korean soul food and Korean cooking made easy and in 2020, I opened my fast and casual Korean restaurant, Seoul Bird, which serves my Korean fried chicken.
Judy Joo’s guide to Mayfair’s best food
“I love eating out in London’s vibrant and vibrant global food scene and Mayfair has some of the trendiest and most foodie spots in town,” says Judy. “Fortunately for me, I live in the neighborhood, so these hotspots are on my doorstep. If I’m feeling indulgent and desire some of the most exquisite plates in town, I can simply go out and taste the most intricate Indian curry, or the tallest tower of succulent seafood, or baskets of cooked dim sum steaming the finest… Mayfair notoriously attracts the most discerning clientele and offers the best of the best. The competition is fierce and so these restaurants need to offer the most unique experiences and perfectly executed cuisine.
“My background lies in Korean cuisine, as well as the many influences from the restaurants I’ve worked in over the years. My extensive experience and relationship with these cuisines is exactly why I chose to feature value the wonderful restaurants in Mayfair. They are vibrant, plentiful and all offer something unique and different. Come dine with me and you won’t be disappointed…”
Here, Judy tells us about her favorite places to eat in Mayfair.
“London has some of the most amazing Indian restaurants in the world… rivaling even those in India! Manthan is still relatively new, but it’s already making a splash on the Mayfair scene. In a small side street, this cozy water-themed place serves very authentic cuisine, under the watchful eye of chef Rohit Ghai. I particularly love that it’s one of the few smaller, more intimate places in the area that also feels wonderfully peaceful – a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of Regents Street.”