When Josh Grinker, chef and co-owner of Kings Co. Imperial started out, he first fell in love with the technique of cooking Chinese food, specifically working the wok. Only years later did the question of cultural appropriation start to arise. But for Josh and his business partner, chef Tracy Jane Young, their respect and passion for Chinese cuisine has never been about profit: it’s always been about paying homage to Chinese philosophy and flavor. On this episode, we talk about how the discussion around appropriation has evolved, the difference between appropriation and multi-culturalism and what lessons Josh has learned outside of the kitchen.
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