Roy Choi Chef, Wife, Children, Restaurant

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Roy Choi is a big name in the food business...has several restaurants... became jobless at the age of married to the love of his life...brought their daughter Kaelyn into the...
Roy Choi Chef, Wife, Children, Restaurant

Roy Choi is a big name in the food business. He is most recognized for revolutionizing the food truck business by introducing gourmet food instead of local street food in his Kogi BBQ truck.

However, the world-famous chef had to go through a lot of struggle to become sucessful. As a teenager, Roy had problems with drugs. Although he recovered from drug addiction, his life struggles were far from over.

Firstly, he stumbled upon various paths before finding his calling in food. Then, when Roy had finally started to settle down in his professional life, he became jobless at the age of 38. As an unemployed middle-aged man, he was trying to make ends meet when his friend, Mark Manguera, called him with Kogi BBQ truck’s idea.

After the unique became popular, the food chef hasn’t looked back in his career.

Roy’s Restaurants 

The chef has several restaurants across America. Apart from his signature Kogi BBQ in Los Angeles, he has restaurants namely 3 Worlds Cafe, Alibi Room, Sunny Spot, A-Frame, Chego and Pot at the Line Hotel in the city of dreams.

Apart from his home city, he has a restaurant named Best Friend in a high profile resort in Las Vegas. Interestingly, it is also the place where Lady Gaga started her residency in 2018.

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Among Roy’s restaurants, most talked about origin story goes to Kogi BBQ. When the chef’s friend Mark called, he was reluctant to jump into it. But, even when he got on-board with the idea of tacos filled with Korean barbecue, success didn’t happen in a day.

Well, the pair would take their food truck before bars across Los Angeles. While people used to love their food, it didn’t contribute much to their business' growth as most of the bar customers would be drunk. And, the next day they would forget about the food.

The turning point came in Roy’s career began when a group of women from UCLA came to eat their food. He requested them to put it on Twitter, and the food truck became viral. Roy and his team were all over social media and newspaper. Till today, they continue to rock the food world.

Family, Wife & Children 

Roy is married to the love of his life, Michelle Rae. The pair tied the knot on 23rd April 2013 in a beautiful wedding ceremony. Well, the pair’s union has brought their daughter Kaelyn into the world. The union inevitably throws any gay rumors of Roy out of the window.

Roy Choi takes a selfie with wife, Michelle Rae on 6th November 2018 at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa (Photo: Roy Choi's Instagram)

Aside from his wife, Roy’s family consists of his parents, mother, Jai Nam Choi, and father, Soo Myung Choi. It was his parents, who inspired him in cooking as they owned a Korean restaurant back in the day.

Besides, the cooking skills, Roy inherits Korean ethnicity from his parents.

Net Worth

As a working food professional, Roy of age 49 makes an average of $46,600 per year. However, his earnings don’t end there.

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The 2014 movie Chef was loosely based on his life, where he served as a food consultant. Today, he is part of the Netflix TV show also titled Chef and KCET show called Broken Bread. His various endeavors have amassed him a $1 million net worth.