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Meet John Bach of Seoul Food Korean BBQ in Silverlake

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Bach.

John, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I came to LA as a drummer back in ‘06. All things considered, I did well. I worked with some amazing artists like Jimmy Gnecco, Esthero, Christina Perri, and even jammed with Slash a couple of times. I eventually started a band with my friends Nick Perri and Jameson Burt, who were some of the best musicians I met along the way. We had a really successful run, but when the band broke up, I decided to take a break from music, started cooking, and made it a point to work on my technique and hone my creative abilities.

I was exposed to great Korean food by my mother as soon as I was able to hold a pair of chopsticks. We would always sit together as a family or with friends for every meal. We almost never ate alone, and there’s something about the communal act of eating with friends and family that makes every meal so special. So I set out to be able to elevate that experience with what my guests would taste in my food, which is coincidentally exactly what I did with music. My bandmates would write the foundation of our songs, and I would write and arrange my drum parts in order to evoke very specific emotions in the listener. The correlation between music and food is uncanny, which explains why a lot of culinary professionals are often great musicians or have encyclopedic knowledge and appreciation of music at the very least.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Truth is, this endeavor has been the furthest thing from a smooth road. Things moved so fast the minute that I launched, with non-stop booking requests and no time to iron out the details, I just wasn’t ready, and I made more mistakes than I’d like to admit. But after correcting and adjusting every minuscule detail even to this day, I learned that an unpaved road eventually becomes smooth if you keep driving over it. So I guess you can say that I’ve been plowing my way through. A little reckless? Maybe. But I wouldn’t have the refined service I have now and be booked back to back today if I had waited for the perfect moment. I just dove in headfirst and figured it out.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Seoul Food Korean BBQ story. Tell us more about the business.
Seoul Food Korean BBQ was created to fill a void. LA loves KBBQ, and with current restrictions on restaurant operations, it’s become impossible to enjoy the communal dining that KBBQ is infamous for. For about the price of a night out at an upper-tier Korean BBQ restaurant, my associate and I will bring the upper-tier restaurant to your backyard in full PPE, with all the Banchan sides and traditional marinades carefully made with my family’s century-old recipes and of course, Soju. Lots of Soju.

And the number one thing that I am proud of is my Gluten-Free and Vegan offerings. Although certain things just can’t be altered without sacrificing that traditional Korean taste, I have a working and growing gluten-free and vegan menu that allows all my clients’ guests to have a seat at a traditionally “carnivores only” table and experience the communal festivities of Korean BBQ. With Seoul Food, you can have a dietary restriction and sit with us, too.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck. I believe that if you have something to offer that is of value to people who are in need and you do more things right than wrong, you will reap the rewards of providing said things of value. And that goes for everything from business to personal relationships to even rock bands. If you’re not adding value, you are taking away. And how much better would this world be if everyone was concerned about making everyone else’s lives better?

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.seoulfoodkbbq.com
  • Phone: (323) 540-4232
  • Email: seoulfoodkbbq@yahoo.com
  • Instagram: @seoulfoodkbbq
  • Twitter: @seoulfoodkbbq


Image Credit:

Love and Lace Photography, Zoart Photography, Derek Brad Photography

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