John Park is also the executive chef and co-owner of Toast Kitchen + Bakery. He is on a mission to give back to the community with both restaurants donating 10 percent of their profits to Orange County charities.
What’s your dream project?
To open a Korean restaurant with my mom.
Claudia Fleming’s “The Last Course.” It is sensible and beautiful at the same time.
Do you have a secret talent?
With four children—three sons and one “princess”—keeping my wife happy while I work 100 hours a week is a talent.
Favorite O.C. restaurant?
Nothing too fancy when eating with the kids: Burnt Crumbs (Huntington Beach) for its appealing twists on simple, classic dishes.
Develop a strong work ethic; show up every day. And show up early.