NIC4 Episode 1 Chairman's Challenge

NIC4 Episode 1 Chairman's Challenge

Judge Judy Joo in Episode 1 as seen on Food Network Next Iron Chef Season 4.

Photo by: Edward Chen/Creel Films ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

Edward Chen/Creel Films, 2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

Judy Joo is one of the four Iron Chefs for the UK and the executive chef for The Playboy Club London, which launched in all of its 1960s glamour this summer.

Judy’s love for food and cooking began at home, where she often watched her mother cook authentic Korean dishes. Growing up in a bicultural environment and having a worldly lifestyle gave Judy a seasoned and interesting perspective on food and cooking. She is able to draw from her unique personal experiences, melding Asian, American and European cuisines together.

She graduated from Columbia University, where in addition to earning a Bachelor of Science in engineering, she explored New York’s diverse culinary offerings and expanded her palate for gastronomic adventures. For several years she embarked on a career on the trading floor, but Judy still felt the lure of the kitchen and decided to pursue her true passion. She enrolled at the French Culinary Institute, where her enthusiasm and dedication to her new trade led to her graduating as class valedictorian.

She went on to work in Saveur magazine’s test kitchen developing recipes and researching food traditions. Judy also started Slow Food USA’s first inner-city Slow Food in Schools project in Harlem at The Children’s Storefront School. The program, Harvest Time in Harlem, teaches students about food, cooking and making better food choices.

Serendipitously, when Judy dined at Gordon Ramsay, the notorious chef was there and Judy boldly introduced herself. The next thing she knew, she was hired to work in his kitchen, a job that lasted for more than two years. She has also worked at Maze, Petrus, Claridge’s, The Boxwood Café, The French Laundry and The Fat Duck.

When she is not in the kitchen, Judy is writing at her desk piled high with cookbooks. Whether it’s a restaurant review for Time Out or a text for a cookbook, Judy’s love for the written word helps her share her love of food with others.

Judy has appeared regularly on UK Food Channel’s Market Kitchen as a guest chef, and she was also one of the four Iron Chefs chosen to participate in the UK version of Iron Chef. Judy makes her U.S. television debut as one of the three judges on season four of Food Network’s Next Iron Chef.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Amy Pottinger Bio

Amy Pottinger is a finalist competing on Food Network Star, Season 13.

Jonathan Bennett Bio

Before his breakout role as Aaron Samuels in the hit movie Mean Girls, Jonathan Bennett launched his career on the small screen. After getting his start starring in the Emmy Award-winning series All My Children, Jonathan appeared on Law & Order: SVU, Smallville and Veronica Mars. In addition to his work on television, he has starred in many leading motion pictures, including Love Wrecked, The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning, Cheaper by the Dozen and National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year. He added executive producer to his resume with the films Authors Anonymous, Pawn and Submerged, in which he also starred. Recently he garnered national attention as a competitor on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, where he won "Fan Favorite." Jonathan currently serves as host of the Food Network series Cake Wars.

On TV

The Pioneer Woman

9:30am | 8:30c

Cupcake Wars

10am | 9c

Cupcake Wars

11am | 10c

Cake Wars

12pm | 11c

The Pioneer Woman

1:30pm | 12:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

2:30pm | 1:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

3:30pm | 2:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

4:30pm | 3:30c

Chopped

6pm | 5c

Chopped

7pm | 6c

Chopped

8pm | 7c

Chopped

9pm | 8c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Beat Bobby Flay

10pm | 9c

Beat Bobby Flay

10:30pm | 9:30c

I Hart Food

11pm | 10c

Beat Bobby Flay

11:30pm | 10:30c

Chopped

12am | 11c

Beat Bobby Flay

1:30am | 12:30c

I Hart Food

2am | 1c

Beat Bobby Flay

2:30am | 1:30c

Chopped

3am | 2c

Mystery Diners

4:30am | 3:30c