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Dreams ARE Real

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Powerful conversations with incredible Entrepreneurs and Creatives all around the world will empower you to dispel the emotions of fear, worry, or self-doubt and know that, whatever your goals, you’ve got this! Why? Because Dreams ARE Real.Dan McPherson, International Speaker and Founder of Leaders … read more


Ep 112: Creating a delectable, sustainable, equitable future for the service industry with Ji Hye Kim, Chef and Managing Partner of Miss Kim

Ji Hye Kim is the James Beard Award semi-finalist chef and managing partner of Miss Kim Korean restaurant with a story nearly as incredible as her food.

After spending her early years in Korea, she moved to the U.S., graduated from University, and pursued a career in hospital admin before joining the hospitality industry in 2008. Her leadership skills, passionate beliefs, and refusal to buy into negativity have propelled her from innovative food cart to brick and mortar restaurant, industry activism, and beyond.


About the Guest:

Ji Hye Kim is the chef and managing partner of MISS KIM, a Korean restaurant greatly influenced by Korean ancestors and Michigan farmers. Miss Kim is a part of the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses in Ann Arbor, MI, famed as much for its fair values and innovative business practices as for its full-flavored artisanal food. Miss Kim’s food is simple and good, with the menu dictated by seasonality and locality as Korean culinary tradition dictates.  

After graduating from the University of Michigan and successful career in hospital administration, Ji Hye switched to the hospitality industry in 2008. Having trained at various Zingerman’s businesses and Rome Sustainable Food Project, she then went on running an Asian street food cart for 4 years before opening a brick and mortar location in 2016. As well as providing convivial service and delicious food, Miss Kim has been committed to doing away with tipped credit and paying a fair wage to all staff since opening. 

Ji Hye is a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award Best Chef Great Lakes in 2020. In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and as independent restaurants across the country are at risk, she was admitted to and participated in the James Beard Chef Boot Camp for Policy Change and Food Lab Detroit’s Fellowship for Change in Food and Labor. She believes that service is an honorable profession and envisions a more delectable, sustainable, and equitable future for the industry.


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About the Host:

Dan McPherson, International Speaker, Business and Personal Development Coach, and CEO of Leaders Must Lead, is on a mission to help Creatives and Entrepreneurs create and grow profit and understand that Dreams ARE Real. With more than 25 years’ experience in corporate roles leading teams of up to 2000 and responsible for more than $150M in revenue, Dan is a recognized expert in leadership, sales, and business strategy.

Through his Leaders Must Learn Mastermind, Dreams ARE Real Podcast, Foundations of Success Training, and powerful 1-1 coaching, Dan helps hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world from musicians and artists to chiropractors, coaches, retailers, and beyond experience success and accomplish their goals.

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