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KING PHOJANAKONG is at the forefront of the burgeoning Filipino food movement and is the chef-owner of Kuma Inn and Tito King’s Kitchen at Jimmy’s 43, in New York City. King is a NYC native whose culinary influences began at home with the inspirational cooking of his Filipino mother and Thai father. Childhood summers spent in the Philippines furthered his interest in the culinary world and instilled the importance of community and culture. He is also the creator of the Bronx Hot Sauce, Rachael Ray’s self-proclaimed favorite hot sauce.

King received his formal culinary education from The Culinary Institute of America and went on to work with Daniel Boulud at Restaurant Daniel and David Bouley at the Danube. King opened Kuma Inn in 2003 and Tito King’s Kitchen in 2015, both to critical and popular acclaim. He has been featured in television programs including Cutthroat Kitchen, The Rachael Ray Show, Food(ography), Selling New York and Mike Colameco’s Real Food. King was a presenter at CIA’s Flavor, Quality and American Menus 2012, Worlds of Flavor 2013 and Worlds of Flavor 2015.

King has served as a consultant for a variety of organizations and companies including The United Soybean Board and Campbell’s Soup Company. In 2014, he partnered with GrowNYC and Small Axe Peppers to create The Bronx Hot Sauce. His recipe features serrano peppers that were given as pepper plants to Bronx community gardens and purchased back at a premium price at harvest. Proceeds go to programs that assist low-income communities in the Bronx. Off line he likes to spin old school hip hop, jam on his Fender Strat and play pinball with his daughter.
(New York, NY)


Michelin Guide 2013-2016 Recommended
Zagat 2013,2014,2015,2016
Time Out… 2008-2016 Editior's Choice

The New York Times:

• $25 and Under: Comfort Food the Southeast Asian Way, Nov. 18, 2009
• Dining: The Price Isn’t the Only Thrill, Dec 10, 2008
• Dining Out: When The Sour Note Is Just Right, July 12, 2006
• The NYT Magazine, Free Ranging: Pickled Mango Recipe, Aug. 7, 2005
• Good Eating/Lower East Side: Walk On The Mild Side, June 26, 2005
• Good Eating/When Less Is More, Nov. 7, 2004
• $25 and Under: Asian American Chef Makes Tapas His, Oct. 20, 2004

New York Magazine:

• Restaurants 2006, 50 Favorite Restaurants Under $30, 2006
• In Season: King Phojanakong’s, Thai Chile Lime Sauce, Oct. 3, 2005
• Best of New York, Dream Meals, March 14-21, 2005
• Where to Eat 2004, Jan 5, 2004
• Best Small Plates, Dec. 8, 2003
• The Underground Gourmet: Tapas This, Sept 15, 2003
• Cheap Eats NYC 2003: 100 Under $25, July 28, 2003
*Departures, Eating Small in New York, Nov/Dec 2008
*edible MANHATTAN, Chinatown Royalty, Jan/Feb 2009
*plate, Menu Spotlight: Pucker Up, Jan/Feb 2009
*New York Blade, Philippine Fusion, Sept 3, 2004
*New York Post, Kuma Right In, For Goodness Sake, Aug 6, 2003
*Generation Rice, Talk with Chef King Phojanakong, July 2003
*Daily News, Bites: Where To Go Ape For Year Of The Monkey, Jan 16, 2004
*Picky’s, Choice Meal: Kuma Inn, Dec 2004

*Filipinas Magazine:

• When Adobo Calls To Me, Dec 2003
• Expat’s Kitchen: Small Plates, Huge Flavors, August 2006

*IN New York:

• Prepare to Feast, Oct. 2005
• Off the Beaten Path, Dec 2004
*F&B World, Pinoys in New York, Nov-Dec 2003
*Strongfood, Andrea Strong Reviews Kuma Inn, Nov 21, 2004
*Voices of Lower Manhattan, Stepping into the Markets of Chinatown: Train to be a Chef ….or Just Shop Like One, Sept 22, 2003
*INQ7 Global Nation, Yes, it’s a 3-Star Pinoy Restaurant in New York, Nov 2004
*Wine & Spirits, Tasting Flights to Asia, Small Plates and Sake, Feb 2005
*Asian Food and Lifestyle, A Walk on the Asian Side in Lower Manhattan, Vol.7, May/June 2005
*Foodservice, Small Plates Provide Multiple Menu Choices, Aug. 2005
*Philippine News, Fil-Thai Chef Takes On Tapas, June 22, 2005
*Filipino Reporter, Michelob Honors Asian American Chefs With 2006 Calendar, March 17-23, 2006
*Food, King Of The Kitchen, May 2006
*AsianWeek, Wrapping Taste Buds Around King’s Ribs, May 26-June 1, 2006
*Philippine Daily Inquirer, More Pinoy Hot Stops In NYC, July 30, 2006
*Audrey, Looking for Lumpia, October/November 2006
*Altra, Bites of the Big Apple, Spring/Summer 2007

FEATURED CHEF on television and radio productions including:

*Channel 7 Eyewitness News (ABC)
*The Morning Show (WB11)
*Yahoo Television Commercial (Network and Cable)
*Good Morning America, assisted Jacques Pepin and Emeril Lagasse (ABC)
*Balitang America (ABS-CBN)
*Martha Stewart Living Radio (Sirius)
*Chopped (Food Network TV)
*Menus in the Media (NYU)

GUEST CHEF APPEARANCES in the retail sector including:

*Whole Foods Market
*Best Cellars
*Chef’s Central

CHARITY DONOR for national and international organizations including:

*Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
*AmfAR: The American Foundation for AIDS Research
*Action Against Hunger / Restaurants Against Hunger
*yKAn: Young Korean American Network
*Grand Street Settlement / Taste of the LES
*Share our Strength
*Healthy Kids
*City Harvest
*Asian Chefs Association
*Restaurants for Relief: Hurricane Katrina
*Food Bank for New York City
*AIWF Spoons Across America
*Project TAP
*Village Voice Choice Eats
*James Beard Foundation Greens

COOK BOOK contributing chef for:

*New Asian Cuisine, Fabulous Recipes from Celebrity Chefs,
Wendy Chan and Grace Niwa, International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, 2006

Photo credit to: Michael Harlan Turkell (http://harlanturk.com/)

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