LA restaurant scene star Roy Choi is now also, officially, a CNN star. His digital series Street Food with Roy Choi has arrived with all eight episodes posted simultaneously. Episode guests include Chef director Jon Favreau, YouTube star Michelle Phan, Beastie Boy Mike D and culinary CNN colleague Anthony Bourdain.
After graduating high school, Choi wasn’t really thinking about a career. “I still went through the motions of giving a f*ck about my future like a good little Asian kid,” he recalls. He ended up trying coke and crack, falling into a heavy gambling addiction and hitting rock bottom at 24. He tried his hand at investment banking, but still walked in with booze on his breath. After another club binge, he woke up on his friend’s couch to Emeril Lagasse cooking on TV. It was then that he realized that cooking was his buried passion.