Junghyun Park is the owner and executive chef of Atoboy and Atomix in New York City’s NoMad neighborhood. Chef Junghyun Park, who often goes by the abbreviated name ‘JP’, has his roots in Seoul, South Korea, where he was born and raised. Having grown up with a natural curiosity and passion for cuisine and culture since childhood, he dedicated himself to Food Sciences during his undergraduate years at Kyungehee University.
Upon graduation, JP began working in world-renowned kitchens alongside notable chefs such as Andrew McConnell in Melbourne, Australia (Cutler & Co., Cumulus Inc.) and Brett Graham in London, England (The Ledbury). During this time in his career, he focused on learning and mastering Western techniques, while building a strong foundation and understanding of fine dining cuisine, techniques, and culture.
Inspired by his roots
After proving himself to be a promising chef, he began to look back to his Korean roots. During this personal reexamination of Korean cuisine, he was introduced to the idea of “New Korean” cuisine under the mentorship of chef Jungsik Yim of Jungsik Dang in Seoul. Soon after, he moved to New York City to become the Chef de Cuisine at Jungsik in Tribeca.
In July 2016, JP opened Atoboy – his first solo project – in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife and partner, Ellia Park. The restaurant received a glowing two-star review from The New York Times and was also named one of the “Top 10 Restaurants” of 2017 by restaurant critic Pete Wells. With its unprecedented fine-casual, prix-fixe format, Chef Junghyun continues to be a dining destination for New Korean cuisine for New Yorkers and visitors alike.
Fine dining according to Korea
In May 2018, JP and Ellia opened their second project Atomix, also in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan. Atomix was designed to showcase Chef JP’s vision of how Korean cuisine could be reinterpreted in the context of fine dining – combining traditional Korean techniques and Western techniques, with world-class ingredients and exceptional service and design. Atomix aims to give fresh inspiration to the thriving food culture in New York City and around the globe – with a firm understanding of, and respect for, Korean cuisine. Today, the chef continues to define his own cuisine by paying respect to tradition and redefining what today’s and tomorrow’s dining culture could be.