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Sungil Kim


Executive Chef of La Yeon, Sungil Kim is one of Korea’s most respected chefs and was awarded the coveted 3 Michelin star rating.

As a member of The Shilla Seoul since 1988, Chef Kim boasts over 25 years of experience in the art of Korean cuisine. Over the years, he’s dedicated himself to sharing his passion for Korean cuisine with food lovers around the world.


Chef Kim, committed to honoring culinary customs, has also been credited for reviving classic Korean cuisine using premium, seasonal and 100 percent homegrown ingredients. Placing an emphasis on freshness and provenance, all of the ingredients used at La Yeon, are procured from exclusive sources in Korea, which craft menus that capture the essence of authentic Korean cuisine.


Since 2013, La Yeon has earned acclaim for its refined presentation of traditional Korean cuisine and quality, seasonal ingredients. La Yeon has been named among Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for the last three consecutive years, along with being awarded the 3 Michelin stars.