Our Mission

In Korean culture, there is an important and fundamental relationship between Korean food, and family, friends & fun. (If you have ever been to Korean BBQ, you have felt and experienced this first hand!)

At KPOP Foods, our mission is to uplift spirits and bring people together by sharing Korean food and flavors in America. We want to make these flavors more accessible to encourage discovery and exploration.

Our Mission

In Korean culture, there is an important and fundamental relationship between Korean food, and family, friends & fun. (If you have ever been to Korean BBQ, you have felt and experienced this first hand!)

At KPOP Foods, our mission is to uplift spirits and bring people together by sharing Korean food and flavors in America. We want to make these flavors more accessible to encourage discovery and exploration.


Based on a 70-Year Old Family Recipe

  Theo Lee (L), Mike Kim (C), and Chef Chris Oh (R)

Based on a 70-Year Old Family Recipe

Our co-founder Theo's fondest memories were of family gatherings growing up. His grandma would spend hours cooking a large dinner that included freshly made ban chans (Korean side dishes), kimchi stews, and savory grilled meats. When it came time for dinner, everyone would sit, eat, and laugh. It was these experiences with food, family, and friends that left an everlasting impression.

On the other side of the world, US Army combat veteran and co-founder, Mike, was introducing his military buddies to Korean food in Seoul. When the two met in business school, they quickly became friends, and many late-night group study sessions turned into late-night Korean BBQ.

Seeing their friends' delighted reactions to the delicious and communal experience of Korean food sparked an idea. Using Theo's grandma's original secret recipe for Korean gochujang sauce, Mike and Theo created their first bottle of KPOP Sauce and, KPOP Foods was born!

Learn more about the founding story here.

Ushering Tradition into the New Era of Food

Soon after we launched KPOP Foods, we caught the eye (and tastebuds) of Celebrity Chef, Chris Oh. Chris's experience and energy made him the perfect fit to join KPOP Foods team!

He is owner of Um.ma, Chingu, and Kamu, Founder of Seoul Sausage Co, Co-founder of Hanjip, managing partner of Escala, and has won of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, Esquire Network’s Knife Fight, and Food Network’s Great American Food Truck Race among others. With Chris at our side, we will continue to push Korean cuisine and culture to the forefront, and hope to foster a community where people can discover and enjoy the uniqueness of Korean food and flavors!

Learn more about Chris here, and visit his website here.

Soon after we launched KPOP Foods, we caught the eye (and tastebuds) of Celebrity Chef, Chris Oh. Chris's experience and energy made him the perfect fit to join KPOP Foods team!

He is owner of Um.ma, Chingu, and Kamu, Founder of Seoul Sausage Co, Co-founder of Hanjip, managing partner of Escala, and has won of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, Esquire Network’s Knife Fight, and Food Network’s Great American Food Truck Race among others. With Chris at our side, we will continue to push Korean cuisine and culture to the forefront, and hope to foster a community where people can discover and enjoy the uniqueness of Korean food and flavors!

Learn more about Chris here, and visit his website here.