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'Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend': Who is Esther Choi? Challenger chef guest-starred in HBO’s 'Selena+Chef'

Chef Esther considers cuisine to be the greatest reflection of a country's culture
Esther Choi (Instagram @choibites)
Esther Choi (Instagram @choibites)

'Iron Chef' is back on TV,  the contestants may be more enthusiastic than the viewers. With 'Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend,' Netflix is rebooting the long-running American version of the show, which previously aired on Food Network from 2005 to 2018. The renowned Iron Chef series returns with a colossal take on the breakthrough culinary competition that began it all. It's been described as the most difficult culinary challenge a cook will ever face. This is where high-octane sports meet world-class food.

Five new pioneering Iron Chefs will welcome fearless Challenger Chefs to the revamped Kitchen Stadium, where they will face off and be pushed to the extremes of endurance and inventiveness while cooking up astounding culinary delights. The competition's most successful Challenger will face off again in a spectacular finale for the chance to be crowned the first "Iron Legend." If you enjoy watching reality cooking shows that feature head-to-head competitions, you should check out ‘Top Chef: Houston,' 'Next Level Chef,' and ‘MasterChef: Back to Win.'


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Who is Esther Choi?

Esther Choi is a well-known chef who is the chef/owner of mŏkbar and mŏkbar Brooklyn, as well as the chef/partner of Ms. Yoo. Chef Esther feels that cuisine is the ultimate representation of a country's culture, having been inspired by the age-old skill of her Korean grandmother's cooking. Chef Esther's cooking mixes traditional and modern inspirations with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and she has a genuine love for teaching New Yorkers the flavors of Korean culture.


Esther began her professional studies when she was 14 years old. Her official training as a chef began at New York City's Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), followed by stints at the ilili and La Esquina restaurants, as well as the Food Network. Esther hosted Eater's video series 'Kitchen Gadgets,' in which she harnessed her cooking skills and presented enticing Korean meals and tastes, receiving over 50 million views. She has been on various Food Network series, including 'Beat Bobby Flay,' 'Chopped, 'Money Hungry' and 'Throwdown with Michael Symon.' Esther guest-starred in HBO’s 'Selena + Chef' alongside Selena Gomez. 


Esther was awarded a "Zagat 30 under 30" and an NYC Culinary Rockstar in 2015. Her famous restaurant, mŏkbar was named the Village Voice's 2014 Reader's Choice "Best New Restaurant" and was named Epoch Taste's "Best Kimchi" in 2015. Among her other ventures, Ms. Yoo was named one of the city's trendiest new restaurants by Zagat, and Thrillist named it the finest spot to dine on a Lower East Side bar crawl. Esther hosted and produced two podcasts in 2020-21. Get down with Ktown on iHeartRadio, where she delves into the rich world of Korean-American culture. And the Food52 Podcast Network's "Hot Offline," a call-in show where she answers home chefs' burning questions. 

What is Esther Choi's net worth?

According to sources, Esther Choi estimated net worth as of  2022 is $1.3 Million. Her great profession as a chef has contributed to her considerable net worth.


Catch Esther Choi on 'Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend' which will premiere on June 15, 2022, only on Netflix.