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8 Chefs You Need to Know

Washington DC Dining DC

What you need to know about the eight movers and shakers in the kitchen, including what they would request for their last meal in prison. (We don't think they'll end up there, but try asking a chef for his one favorite food!)

Danny Lee, Mandu

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Chef Danny Lee has rising-star status. You know him for teaming up with his mother, “Mama Lee,” to bring DC traditional Korean food in a modern setting. But, what’s gained him recent notoriety is his pop-up Korean bar food concept, Anju. The first Friday of every month Danny and his partner in crime, Jonah Kim, invite big name guest chefs to translate their cooking into Korean. “There are no rules, just anything that pairs well with drinks,” he tells us. Spend 10 minutes with Danny and you’ll see why he has so many friends eager to join him in the kitchen. The best news? Anju might get upgraded from pop-up to permanent status. “We’re currently collecting design ideas,” he says. Stay tuned. Last meal in prison: His mom’s chicken noodle soup.