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Bill Kim

Award-Winning Chef and Founder of BellyQ, Belly Shack & Urban Belly

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Bill Kim Biography

Award-winning Chef Bill Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to the United States at age 7. His first formal kitchen duty – roasting sesame seeds and grinding them using a mortar and pestle for his mother’s kimchi recipe – sparked his interest in pursuing a culinary career.

Chef Kim’s expansive culinary background spans a wide range of varied cuisines. After studying classic French cooking at Kendall College, Chef Kim pursued opportunities to work alongside industry greats including Pierre Pollin at le Titi de Paris in Arlington Heights, IL and Jean Banchet at Ciboulette in Atlanta. From there, Chef Kim served as sous chef at notable kitchens throughout the country including the renowned four-star Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, Bouley Bakery in New York and Susanna Foo in Philadelphia. After several years on the East Coast, he was drawn back to Chicago to serve as chef de cuisine at Charlie Trotter’s before taking the helm of French-Asian Le Lan.

Chef Kim is widely considered to be a pioneer in the movement of fine dining chefs introducing casual concepts. In 2008, he opened urbanbelly, a bustling communal-seating restaurant featuring creative and soul-satisfying noodle, dumpling and rice dishes. One year later, Chef Kim paid tribute to his Korean heritage and his wife’s Puerto Rican background by opening Belly Shack, a confluence of Asian and Latin flavors in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. In August 2012, Chef Kim opened bellyQ, a modern Asian barbecue concept on Chicago’s thriving Randolph Street. After five successful years operating urbanbelly in Avondale, Chef Kim expanded the menu and relocated the restaurant to reside alongside bellyQ in the West Loop.

Kim's first cookbook, Korean BBQ: How to Master Your Grill in 7 Sauces will be released in April 2018 by Ten Speed Press.

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  • How do I book Bill Kim to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Bill Kim for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Bill Kim, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Bill Kim or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Bill Kim

    Speaking fees for Bill Kim, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Bill Kim are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Bill Kim, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Bill Kim speak about?

    Bill Kim is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Business, Celebrity Chefs, Entrepreneurism, Food, Lifestyle.
  • Where does Bill Kim travel from?

    Bill Kim generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Bill Kim’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Bill Kim for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bill Kim for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Bill Kim or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Award-Winning Chef and Founder of BellyQ, Belly Shack & Urban Belly

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Bill Kim Biography

Award-winning Chef Bill Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to the United States at age 7. His first formal kitchen duty – roasting sesame seeds and grinding them using a mortar and pestle for his mother’s kimchi recipe – sparked his interest in pursuing a culinary career.

Chef Kim’s expansive culinary background spans a wide range of varied cuisines. After studying classic French cooking at Kendall College, Chef Kim pursued opportunities to work alongside industry greats including Pierre Pollin at le Titi de Paris in Arlington Heights, IL and Jean Banchet at Ciboulette in Atlanta. From there, Chef Kim served as sous chef at notable kitchens throughout the country including the renowned four-star Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, Bouley Bakery in New York and Susanna Foo in Philadelphia. After several years on the East Coast, he was drawn back to Chicago to serve as chef de cuisine at Charlie Trotter’s before taking the helm of French-Asian Le Lan.

Chef Kim is widely considered to be a pioneer in the movement of fine dining chefs introducing casual concepts. In 2008, he opened urbanbelly, a bustling communal-seating restaurant featuring creative and soul-satisfying noodle, dumpling and rice dishes. One year later, Chef Kim paid tribute to his Korean heritage and his wife’s Puerto Rican background by opening Belly Shack, a confluence of Asian and Latin flavors in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. In August 2012, Chef Kim opened bellyQ, a modern Asian barbecue concept on Chicago’s thriving Randolph Street. After five successful years operating urbanbelly in Avondale, Chef Kim expanded the menu and relocated the restaurant to reside alongside bellyQ in the West Loop.

Kim's first cookbook, Korean BBQ: How to Master Your Grill in 7 Sauces will be released in April 2018 by Ten Speed Press.

Bill Kim Videos

  • Bill Kim & Chandra Ram: "Korean BBQ: Master Your Grill in Seven Sauces"
  • Chef Bill Kim Meets Artist Joseph Decker - YouTube
  • Chef Bill Kim on Leaving Your Mark on the World - YouTube

FAQs on booking Bill Kim

  • How do I book Bill Kim to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Bill Kim for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Bill Kim, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Bill Kim or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Bill Kim

    Speaking fees for Bill Kim, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Bill Kim are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Bill Kim, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Bill Kim speak about?

    Bill Kim is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Business, Celebrity Chefs, Entrepreneurism, Food, Lifestyle.
  • Where does Bill Kim travel from?

    Bill Kim generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Bill Kim’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Bill Kim for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bill Kim for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Bill Kim or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Bill Kim is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Bill Kim for your event is available upon request. Bill Kim generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Evelyn Garcia, Dale DeGroff, Kwame Onwuachi, Roy Choi and David Chang. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Bill Kim for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Bill Kim Speaker Videos

  • Bill Kim & Chandra Ram: "Korean BBQ: Master Your Grill in Seven Sauces"
    Chef Bill Kim Meets Artist Joseph Decker - YouTube
  • Chef Bill Kim on Leaving Your Mark on the World - YouTube

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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