Chef / Owner
Ann Kim is the Chef/Owner of Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza, and Young Joni. A Korean immigrant, she credits her culinary palate to helping her mother and grandmother at an early age make traditional staples such as fermented bean paste and kimchi. In 2010 she opened her first restaurant, Pizzeria Lola, a wood-fired pizzeria that has been lauded both locally and nationally. Her second restaurant, Hello Pizza, is an East Coast-inspired slice shop that frequently tops ‘Best Of’ lists. Young Joni opened in 2016 and serves an eclectic wood fire-inspired menu featuring artisan pizzas and inspired vegetable, meat and seafood dishes. It was selected as one of the Best New Restaurants in America by GQ and Eater and was named 2017 Restaurant of the Year by the Minneapolis’ Star Tribune. In 2019, Kim received the James Beard Award for “Best Chef Midwest.” Her next restaurant, Sooki & Mimi, is slated to open in 2020.