Imok Smoke Dining(Labwrkrs)
He worked in the marketing division of a food company in Korea for 9 years.
He invited his friends, colleagues, and guests to cook them his barbeque in a small weekend farm which is located in ‘Imok, Suwon, Korea.’
Through people who visited his place, his barbeque went viral. His barbeque started to make a huge splash. He decided to leave the company after a lot of thoughts. In 2020 fall, his first restaurant ‘Yoo Yong Wook Barbeque Lab’ was open.
He started barbeque with a ‘Weber’ grill that he got from Itaewon US army base in 1995. By spending massive time in barbeque, he could find his own techniques and identity. When he was thinking about Korean style wood-fire, grill, and barbeque, he got huge inspiration by visiting ‘Ato-Boy’ which is in New York.
He wanted his own menu that contains his own characteristics by infusing Korean sauces into Barbeque but not revealing. That was a moment how he made his signature beef rib. The current course has been made by finding a combination that matches with his concept. ‘Imok’ smoke dining which is led from Yoo Yong Wook barbeque lab was a building built by Japanese architecture in 1988. The building was used as a sauna until 2023 march.
In 2023 August, a building that only used water for 35years has born into a new space with a fire and smoke. Yoo Yong Wook and his team are looking forward to continue their own wood-fire restaurant.