About Granny Choe’s Kimchi Co.
Back in the day, awesome kimchi was hard to come by unless you: A) Lived in the motherland or B) Had access to a Korean grandmother. But life got a little tastier for kimchi lovers everywhere when Oghee Choe launched her online kimchi shop in 2008. Since then Granny Choe's Kimchi Co. has won first place in the prestigious CRITTER Kimchi Contest in San Francisco, taken first place in the fermented category at Good Food Day LA 2012, and earned the title of "Best Kimchi" in LA Weekly's Best of LA 2012.
Oghee "Granny" Choe
Co-founder & Big Cheese
Oghee is a genuine Korean grandmother who couldn't knit a sweater or bake a snickerdoodle to save her life, but who can whip up an electrifying batch of kimchi in less time than it takes for you to say, "My taste buds are dancing with joy." She was raised in post-war Seoul, South Korea without the luxury of a refrigerator (or electricity, for that matter), so she and the other women in her family made kimchi the way that Koreans had been doing it for centuries: gathering together every fall to prepare massive amounts of kimchi, then burying it in earthen vessels so that they would have vegetables to eat throughout the winter. Now at 58-years-old, Oghee is a retired R.N. and professional kimchimonger. She is rather relieved that her wrinkles and gray hairs are few and far between, and credits her youthfulness to an "endorphin-producing, love-your-neighbor" philosophy and a diet of natural foods (including her homemade kimchi).
Co-founder & Grand High Poo-bah
Considering that her parents are Korean immigrants, Connie claims that she's never been very good at being Korean. She never aspired to be a doctor or lawyer. She can't play piano... And when she was a kid, she wouldn't even touch kimchi. For shame. She hopes that her current devotion to all things kimchi will make it up to her peoples. Connie became interested in natural living while working in marketing for natural skincare companies. Her daughter (aka: Little E) serves as both inspiration and chief distraction.
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