Chef Anastacia Song leads the kitchen at Kumi Restaurant with passion and ease. But the road to her signature black chef’s coat was bumpy.
She started in the front of house as a server and bartender and eventually found her passion in the kitchen when her career path towards being a doctor didn’t quite work out. As an extroverted introvert, “having to put on a show for hours was difficult,” Song says. She decided to enroll at the Culinary Institute of America for an associates degree in pastry. Consequently, she worked as a pastry chef in restaurants across New York City and New Jersey and found herself bored. Song made one final career change, and hopped behind the hot line.
After Song took her steps through Harold Moore’s Commerce and Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, to the opening Chef de Cuisine at Jersey City’s Porta and returned to New York City to work at Martha in Brooklyn and most recently as the Executive Chef for LDV Hospitality’s American Cut. Now, as the Executive Chef of Kumi Japanese Restaurant in Midtown West, she has found a place to build upon her heart and home with fusion cuisine that folds in her Korean heritage.