"Five years ago, if someone had told me that I would not only be running my own restaurant but also receiving numerous prestigious accolades, including the honour of being recognized with two hats, I would have thought they were crazy."
Hey there, I'm Jungeun Chae. Please call me Chae. Originally from South Korea, I moved to Australia in 2006 and have been working as a chef ever since. After immersing myself in the industry and honing my skills, I took the leap and started a small Korean restaurant out of my apartment in Brunswick.
To my amazement, the restaurant garnered significant attention thanks to the growing popularity of Korean cuisine and healthy fermented foods. Before long, my humble establishment transformed into a highly sought-after dining destination, earning numerous accolades and even two hats! If you had told me five years ago that I would be at the helm of such a successful venture, I wouldn't have believed you. But here we are, and I'm excited to share my journey with you.
Join my journey
CHAE is more than just a place to grab a bite - it's a reflection of my heritage and a space where I can share my culture with others. Food is one of the few things that can truly bring people together, and I take great pride in the ability to create unique dining experiences that bridge cultural gaps.
Through this blog, I hope to connect with my readers and guests on a deeper level. By sharing stories, tips, and insights from my own experiences, I hope to provide a glimpse into what goes into creating a unique dining experience.
Life is like a box of chocolates
"My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get"
This quote from the beloved movie Forrest Gump has stuck with me over the years, and I find it to be more true than ever. Every day brings new surprises and opportunities, and it's up to me to embrace them. Reflecting on my fledgling business, I can't help but feel a sense of excitement for the journey that lies ahead. Each day is like opening a box of chocolates, never knowing what surprises it may hold. And with every new day comes the opportunity to welcome new guests into my home and create unforgettable dining experiences. I'm very excited to see everyone at CHAE!