Food Pioneer turned Restaurateur
We met Kenny bright and early at the local Gangnam-gu market in Seoul.
Growing up in America with Korean parents, my experience of both cultures is completely unique. It gave the ability to see both worlds, good and bad, thus, my vision also had a unique perspective.
When I first travelled back to Seoul with plans to open a Korean-Mexican food restaurant, people thought I was crazy. Koreans typically hate cilantro, so it was a huge risk when we put it in every dish. Fast-forward seven years, I’m so glad I stuck to my guns. I’ll always listen to other people’s opinions, but my ideas are a product of my experiences and that’s what helps me make my decision in the end.
We thrive by being different at Vatos, our food, our experience, our culture. We’ve tried to instil kindness in everything we do, to help the people that make our business what it is, and to set a solid foundation for our own values.
I DON’T PUT ON A SHOW OR CHANGE MY PERSONALITY. THAT’S JUST NOT ME.
I’m always in awe of people who devote their lives to helping others, it’s why I put my people at the heart of everything I do. We’re told that fame and wealth are all we can achieve but people that sacrifice for others - people that care about others and make lifelong connections - that’s real achievement.
A product of our people for over 400 years.