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Our award-winning team offers a hospitality-forward approach showcasing unparalleled culinary expertise, exceptional service, and an unwavering dedication to creating a memorable experience.
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Simon Kim


Seoul-born restaurateur Simon Kim fulfilled his lifelong dream of opening a game-changing Korean restaurant with the arrival of COTE in Flatiron, NYC in June 2017. Under his leadership, COTE’s unprecedented marriage of Korean barbecue and classic American steakhouse elements has earned it numerous accolades, and the distinction of being not only New York City’s first Korean steakhouse but also the world’s only Michelin-starred Korean tabletop grill restaurant.

Executive Team

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Alex Munoz-Suarez

Chief Operating Officer

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Amy Zhou

Executive Director of Operations

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David Shim

Executive Director of COTE Culinary Operations

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Heather Carlson

VP of Financial Operations

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Jacqueline Hensel

VP of Marketing & Communications

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Jinae Hong

Corporate Chef

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Kent Krekorian

Chief Financial Officer

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Maria Owens

Chief of Staff

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Mia Van De Water

Director of Education

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Mikayla Walzog

Head of Global Events

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Olivia Weidner

Head of Global Reservations

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SK Kim

Corporate Director of Culinary R&D

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Sondre Kasin

Director of Bars

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Victoria James

Executive Director of Beverage

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Wesley Sohn

Executive Director of Hospitality

The New York Team

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Dave Ebert


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David Shim

Executive Chef

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Deegan McClung

Chef De Cuisine

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Hanna Kyle

Wine Manager

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Luis Tlamani

Sous Chef

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Victorino Estrada

Sous Chef

The Miami Team

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Christina Carrera

Assistant General Manager

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David Shim

Executive Chef

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Jeffrey Beauchamp

Sous Chef

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Joey Fetter

Wine Manager

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Kyle Banks


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Moritz Esser

Chef De Cuisine

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Yusuf Hanlioglu

General Manager

The Singapore Team

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David Shim
Executive Chef
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Jinwon Seo
Chef De Cuisine
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Paew Ford
General Manager

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