How on earth does a classically trained pianist from South Korea become a world class chef in Columbia, Missouri? Jina Yoo’s story is as interesting as her food. As a child, Jina showed incredible talent as a musician. From the age of six, her career path was laid out for her, and it had nothing to do with cooking—she wasn’t even allowed in the kitchen for fear she would cut or burn her fingers and reduce her practice time. At the age of six Jina practiced three hours a day and that expanded to eleven hours a day as a teen. Jina was extremely talented and hard-working, but she was never passionate about music. She graduated with a major in pipe organ and was accepted into graduate school at Indiana University. At a recital where she made several errors, she had an epiphany that her future was not in music. She told her professor she was leaving music. Her professor wished her luck and didn’t seem overly upset, which surprised Jina.
Fast forward a few years to a... Read More