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Restaurateur Ellia Park Taps Into Her Korean Culture

September 7, 2023


In her native South Korea, Ellia Park’s childhood was brightened by the feasts prepared by her mother and grandmother, which were “marked by freshly cooked rice and carefully made guk and banchan, alongside a protein such as just-grilled fish,” she recalls. “The mundane, yet beautiful conversations we shared over these warm meals—the lessons I learned about home life and love—are the ones I think of fondly.”

Soulful, personal interpretations of Korean recipes are fittingly the foundation of Atoboy and Atomix, the first two New York restaurants that Ellia founded along with her husband, the James Beard Award-winning chef Junghyun Park, who goes by JP.

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