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Roy Choi

Closing Keynote:

A Conversation with Roy Choi

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Doors open at 8:30 am, Keynote begins at 9:00 am

Roy is known as one of the architects of the modern food truck movement through Kogi BBQ by merging food and social media with community and honoring the street food culture that laid the path before him. He is the host of the civic-minded Emmy Award winning series ‘Broken Bread’ on KCET/Tastemade, and on a global scale, Roy isco-host in the full-blown Netflix cooking series ‘The Chef Show’ with Jon Favreau.

He is a voice and advocate for street food culture past, present, and future, and the co-owner, co-founder, and chef of Kogi BBQ, Chego!, Best Friend at Park MGM Las Vegas, and LocoL.

Keynote Speaker: Roy Choi

Roy Choi

Roy Choi was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Los Angeles, California. One of the architects of the modern food truck movement through Kogi BBQ, Choi merges food and social media with community, honoring the street food culture that laid the path before him.

Host of the civic-minded Emmy Award winning series ‘Broken Bread’ on KCET/Tastemade, which won him a James Beard Foundation Award in 2020 for Outstanding Host in a television series, Choi challenges the status quo, meeting with inspiring individuals and organizations who use food as a platform for activism and a catalyst for change.

On a global scale, Roy is co-host in the full blown Netflix cooking series 'The Chef Show' with Jon Favreau. He is also a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.

In 2010, Food and Wine magazine named him Best New Chef. His cookbook/memoir L.A. Son was a New York Times Bestseller in 2013. In 2016 he was named TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World. And in 2017, LocoL in Watts, received the first ever Los Angeles Times Restaurant of the Year award.

Moderator: Kate Patay

Kate Patay, CPCE, Chairwoman, SEARCH Foundation

Kate Patay, CPCE, is the Chief Strategy Officer of Patay Consulting, a firm designed to help businesses and individuals discover and amplify their authentic brand and message. She is an international speaker, brand strategist, event consultant, industry influencer, SEARCH Foundation Chairwoman and Ambassador for the Meetings Mean Business Coalition and AllSeated. Kate has been a recognized industry professional and sought after thought leader for over 20 years in many facets of live events, and has served on and advised the boards of numerous associations and organizations. She currently speaks for and coaches some of the top leaders and companies in the hospitality industry and beyond, while mentoring countless individuals, inspiring upcoming leaders and advocating for numerous charitable causes. In 2021 Kate was named one of the Top 25 Women Who Run the Event World by Eventcombo. 2020 has brought Kate recognition as a Top Changemaker from MeetingsNet and Top 99 Keynote Speaker Globally by Hubilo, as well as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Global Events.

“I’m a street cook. Even before I was a street cook, I was a street person. My whole existence in this world is to nourish and feed people.”

-Roy Choi

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