Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Chef Judy Joo



Dear Ms. Joo,  

My name is Matt Winick, an Asian American from Ann Arbor, Michigan and I have a strong interest in learning history and culture. In these subjects, I like to learn the need for civil rights to reduce discrimination and learn how different cultures help make in impact on society. Ms. Joo, the main reason I'm writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work as a chef, as a host of  Korean Food Made Simple tv show, and as an Asian American activist to be very inspiring to me. 

Korean Food Made Simple was a great food show about you traveling to South Korea to help educate people about Korean culture along with how to make Korean food. Ms. Joo, I thought you did an excellent job hosting Korean Food Made Simple because I liked on how you did a great job interviewing Koreans about the Korean culture, working with some cooks in Korea to present how to make different Korean recipes, and many others.  Also I enjoy reading some of your cook books "Judy Joo's Korean Soul Food" and "Korean Food Made Simple" because I like learning how Korean food can be created in different ways. Also on some of the food network shows and on talk shows I like on how you would give people advice about preparing or cooking food and helping give instructions to make the recipe.  

Besides your cooking and your host of Korean Food Made Simple, I truly appreciate on how you are a strong supporter of civil rights including people with disabilities' rights causes to reduce discrimination. I like on how you use your role as an Asian American to help advocate with support Asian Americans including Asian Americans with disabilities rights, express the need for educational awareness about Asian American culture, and many others. Ms. Joo, I have autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different advance subjects, sometimes I struggle to communicate my thoughts, and get teased. Also with my disability, I have trouble fitting into social groups,  sometimes I struggle to understand different topics, and people including other adults get judgmental about me.  Also being an Asian American with a disability is difficult for me due to some Asians and some Asians Americans get judgmental about me being different from them. Your commitment to be a strong supporter of civil rights including people with disabilities' rights causes really inspires me to work hard on my disability. Also your role as an Asian American on supporting Asian Americans with disabilities' rights helps give me some confidence about being an Asian American when there are struggles.  Your role as a chef, as a tv host of Korean Food Make Simple, and as a Asian American advocate helps give me motivation to continue to learn history and culture. 

I strongly believe that you are a very talented chef and a talented tv host/ media presenter.  You do an excellent job presenting recipes while give advice about how to prepare or cook a recipe. Also I truly appreciate your activism to help make society a better place. You truly inspire me to work hard on my disability, be a fan of your work, learn different things, and continue to be confident about being an Asian American when there are challenges. I was wondering if you could please share with some advice about working hard on my disability.  Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make a great difference, and inspiring me. Please continue to make a great impact on society.

Here is a picture of me when I made the Lemon Loaf Bread recipe from Home And Family episode that you were featured in.  It was hard for me to find lavender oil food base so I made the recipe without the lavender. I hope that you enjoy the photo. 

My letter and picture is a gift to you for inspiring me and for Asian Pacific Heritage Month to help recognize Asian Americans who work hard to make a great difference for society.


Matt Winick 

Picture of me making a Lemon Loaf Bread recipe that I learned from Chef Judy Joo when she was on Home and Family.

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