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In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, chef and restaurateur Roy Choi joins The Supporting Cast to discuss its impact on his restaurants, as well as the broader food and beverage industry. Roy also discusses growing up in Los Angeles as a Korean-American immigrant, how watching Emiril Lagasse on television inspired him to pursue cooking, rising the ranks as a “hotel chef” within Hilton Hotels, and partnering with director Jon Favreau on the movie “Chef” and Netflix’s “The Chef Show.” Now a Harvard-Westlake parent, Roy also shares the origin story of Kogi, and how losing his job in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis prompted him to create what Newsweek called “America’s first viral eatery.” Roy references Lou Jones of The Culinary Institute of America as a profound influence on his life and career.