Top Chef’s Lee Anne Wong to Bring Kogi BBQ Truck to NYC By End of Summer… or Tomorrow
The best thing to come out of our live coverage of the Kogi BBQ truck’s invasion of Midtown today was finding out that Chef Lee Anne Wong, from Top Chef Season 1, was just named the Executive Chef of Kogi BBQ’s east coast operations. What does that mean exactly? Well, she is going to be spearheading their operations here on the East coast. First order of business? Opening a Kogi BBQ Truck here in New York City.
Once the kimchi quesadillas ran out, she told the disappointed crowd that Kogi would hopefully be opening in NYC by the end of the summer. Then she told me, they’d be open tomorrow if they could.
In other words- they’re ready. Chef Wong said that as soon as they get the permit for the truck, they will be up and running. Unfortunately there is a 3 year waiting list for permits- so, if anybody has one lying around that they’re willing to part with let the folks at Kogi know! The other option? Kogi’s chef Roy Choi suggested to me that Midtown Lunchers start a petition urging Mayor Bloomberg to just give them a permit outright.
I think that might be a little unfair to all the hard working vendors here in NYC struggling to get their own permits. But I’m all for raising the cap on the number of vending permits issued each year. Right now the city issues so few annually that it has created an expensive underground black market for cart and truck permits. It’s an issue the Street Vendor Project feels very strongly about, so if fighting for higher caps will help them- plus bring Kogi to NYC faster. I’m all for it!
Anybody know Mayor Bloomberg?