CHEF ANN KIM
PIZZERIA LOLA, HELLO PIZZA, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
From Ivy League graduate to aspiring actor to living proof that personal reinvention is only limited by one’s own imagination, Ann opened her pizzeria in Minneapolis, Minnesota without any formal cooking or restaurant experience. It was literally and figuratively a baptism by fire, but Ann’s meteoric success has allowed her to introduce the beloved Korean flavors of her youth to an entirely new audience.
“In many ways Pizzeria Lola is very traditional. What sets us apart is that we also offer pizzas that are unique to me and my background. Many of our guests are tasting kimchi for the first time and they would have never guessed their first experience would be on a pizza. Something that was initially foreign and strange becomes familiar and normal.”
Setting the Table by Danny Meyer "I’ve read it several times now and each time I learn something new. This book has taught me valuable “recipes” for running a successful restaurant with integrity, vision and purpose. It’s about the people and the connections we make while breaking bread (pizza) together."
"I honestly believe that the best education an aspiring chef can receive is on the job. I don't think any type of school can prepare someone for the real world and the culinary world is no exception. Regardless of the path, you really have to love the work, and by work I mean long hours, physical labor, hot kitchens and knowing you'll have to empty the grease trap one day."