Jon Kung

Third-Culture Cook.

Elissa Noblitt - Author

Jun. 23 2023, Published 12:00 p.m. ET

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Source: Jon Kung; Instagram/@jonkung

Before Detroit-based chef Jon Kung was an internet sensation, they ran a ghost kitchen and had aspirations of opening a restaurant in the city. And after scrolling through their mouthwatering videos on TikTok, it's easy to see that the self-described "Third-Culture Cook" certainly has the chops for it. According to their YouTube bio, Jon hopes to "teach people about food [and] culture with a mission to empower people to express themselves though food."

Distractify chatted with Jon to learn more about their dream collaboration, the best meal they've ever had, and more.

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If you had to get a tattoo right now, what would it be?

JK: I would go to a really good tattoo artist and tell them, "Dealer's choice."

What’s your favorite color?

JK: To wear, tan. To look at, a light grey-green.

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What’s your most-used emoji?


Tell us your favorite TV show.

JK: Of all time? Avatar the Last Airbender series and sequels. Right now? Ted Lasso.

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Source: Twitter/@chefjonkung; Instagram/@jonkung

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

JK: "You’ll Be in My Heart" by Phil Collins.

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What's the first concert you ever attended?

JK: Erykah Badu in Detroit.

Tell us about the best meal you've ever had.

JK: I ate spiny lobster straight out of the sea in Cape Town on a fishing boat. We at them like sashimi. They tasted like they lived in sugar water. It was amazing.

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Shout out one of your favorite fellow creators!

JK: Hello V! (@underthedesknews)

Tell us about your dream collaboration.

JK: Probably something with Joanne (@thekoreanvegan)

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If you could do anything, what would your dream job be?

JK: It’s what I’m doing now! Full time creator!

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Talk about the moment you felt like you'd "made it."

JK: When I see the life my content has built for me and my family. I’m reminded every day.

Share your top three desert-island necessities.

JK: A knife, a fire starter, and a net… and if the survival stuff is already taken care of, then music, books, and podcasts.

What’s your No. 1 distraction?

JK: My snacky moods.

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