5 Questions With Executive Chef and Co-Owner of New Tableau Kitchen + Bar at South Coast Plaza

John Park, who's also the executive chef and co-owner of Toast Kitchen + Bakery, is on a mission to give back to the community.

Photograph by Emily J. Davis

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.

Favorite cookbook?
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.

Best advice?
Develop a strong work ethic; show up every day. And show up early.

MORE: Toast Chef-Owner John Park Makes Green Soba Noodle Salad with Cathy Thomas

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