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New York, NY


Born in Seoul, Korea, Simon Kim began his hospitality career at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, while studying Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada. After graduation, Kim led the front-of-house team at Blue Fin in New York City, then moved on to work with Jean-Georges Vongerichten at both Matsugen and The Mark. During his time at The Mark, Kim met chef Christopher Cipollone, with whom he later collaborated to open Piora, a Michelin-starred new-American restaurant in the West Village. In June 2017, Kim fulfilled his lifelong dream of opening a game-changing Korean steakhouse with the arrival of Cote.