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Judy Joo serves as one of the judges in Food Network's culinary reality competition series "Kitchen Inferno."

Judy Joo is one of the four Iron Chefs for the UK and the executive chef for The Playboy Club London. Her love for food and cooking began at home, where she often watched her mother cook authentic Korean dishes. Growing up in a bicultural environment and having a worldly lifestyle gave Judy a seasoned and interesting perspective on food and cooking. She is able to draw from her unique personal experiences, melding Asian, American and European cuisines together.

Joo graduated from Columbia University, where in addition to earning a Bachelor of Science in engineering, she explored New York's diverse culinary offerings and expanded her palate for gastronomic adventures. For several years she embarked on a career on the trading floor, but Judy still felt the lure of the kitchen and decided to pursue her true passion. She enrolled at the French Culinary Institute, where her enthusiasm and dedication to her new trade led to her graduating as class valedictorian.

Joo went on to work in Saveur magazine's test kitchen developing recipes and researching food traditions. She also started Slow Food USA's first inner-city Slow Food in Schools project in Harlem at The Children's Storefront School. The program, Harvest Time in Harlem, teaches students about food, cooking and making better food choices.

Serendipitously, when Joo dined at Gordon Ramsay, the notorious chef was there and she boldly introduced herself. The next thing she knew, she was hired to work in his kitchen, a job that lasted for more than two years. She has also worked at Maze, Petrus, Claridge's, The Boxwood Café, The French Laundry and The Fat Duck.

When she is not in the kitchen, Joo is writing at her desk that is piled high with cookbooks. Whether it's a restaurant review for Time Out or a text for a cookbook, her love for the written word helps her share her love of food with others.

Joo has appeared regularly on UK Food Channel's "Market Kitchen" as a guest chef, and she was also one of the four Iron Chefs chosen to participate in the UK version of "Iron Chef." Judy made her U.S. television debut as one of the three judges on Season 4 of Food Network's "Next Iron Chef."

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