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The Taste’s Guest Mentor: Roy Choi

By Heeseung Kim | January 23, 2014

The theme on the fourth episode of The Taste is Street Food. It’s a genre of food that has rapidly gained prestige in the U.S. over the past few years. Street food in America is no longer restricted to hot dogs and halal carts (not that there’s anything wrong with those, especially when that halal cart is Famous Halal Guys on 53rd), and its more exciting iterations have become much beloved by eaters on the go. Tonight’s guest mentor is Roy Choi, who knows a thing or two about revolutionizing street food. Roy put his food truck, Kogi BBQ, on the streets of L.A. in 2008, serving $2 tacos with Korean-barbecued meat. People didn’t know what was happening at first, but they knew it was good. And then the chase for flavor was on.

Roy pulled inspiration for his truck from two seemingly unrelated countries. We haven’t watched tonight’s episode yet, but we imagine the lesson might be something like: take inspiration from different countries, and combine. Something delicious might result.

Street Food Collage

Below are some bites that follow in Roy’s footsteps (or tire tracks):

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