Jiyeon Lee’s Path From Korean Pop Star to Beloved BBQ Chef in the South

Chowhound. March 2020.

There’s a line out the door of a 750-square foot restaurant at the northern edge of Atlanta. People are flocking in for the sweet and spicy BBQ pork sandwiches with kimchi coleslaw, revered by the likes of Adam Richman and Andrew Zimmern. There’s standing room only, but patrons don’t seem to mind it. Heirloom Market BBQ is named one of the best BBQ restaurants in the USA by Food & Wine, Gayot, and Southern Living, among others. The chefs and owners—Jiyeon Lee and Cody Taylor—are nominated for Best Chef Southeast 2020 by the James Beard Foundation.

To get here, Lee (who also goes by Chef JiJi) has had a thrilling, fairytale ride. Continue reading on Chowhound…

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