I know lots of you were very very very concerned and wanting to know what happened between me and Jayde Fuzion.
I will tell you now.
I moved of from Jayde Fuzion and I’m no longer executive chef at the restaurant. (since March 1st 2014)
I moved to Las Vegas last Nov 1st by myself. It was a tough decision to me and my hubby even though it was extremely exciting happening to our lives.
My hubby is in U.S Air Force and there was no choice that he could move out with me. Yes, lots of you asked me why not he apply a job in Air Force Base in Las Vegas, but it’s not easy as it seems.
He tried to go a closer base several times as soon as I won the show(it was early Aug), even before the show aired. But nothing worked out and it seems like Air Force didn’t want to move him from Mississippi. Something we military family have to understand. It’s not a regular job. Even though it was my dream job, I wasn’t sure if I want to go out there all by myself and live apart from my family.
But I couldn’t let this opportunity slip through my fingers so I decided to move by myself.
I had SO much fun there creating menu, developing recipes with the chefs. Working hard was never fun as I was working in the kitchen. Didn’t matter how long, it never felt like working to me when I was in the kitchen. Most of all, to meet you all in person. That was the coolest part of whole entire experience to me. It was just thrilled and amazed me how many of you would love to make a special trip just to see me and try my food and share your joy with me. I had so much fun and it was a lovely experience. But working long hours and go to empty home was really sad. Every night I had hard time going back home because I had no reason to be back.
I missed my family. I felt so lonely.
I didn’t know how long I could handle this, because there were no promise when my hubby and I will be together again? Do we have to live like this for 1 year? 2 years? 3 or even longer?
My hubby said Mississippi home doesn’t feel like home anymore because I’m not there anymore. I’ve never felt the Las Vegas apartment is my ‘home’. Then where is our ‘home’? We were lost.
I just wanted to cuddle with my hubby after a hard day(trust me, more than enough those days) or have a meal together and talk about how was our week and catch up.
Different work time plus 2 hours time difference made us even hard to talking on the phone everyday. I learned how much I need him in my life and noticed that how big inspiration he is for me to keep cooking.
Enough is enough. I decided to go ‘home’. The fame, money and all the good stuff is nothing when you’re alone.
I knew what my heart want. I might didn’t make the ‘smartest’ decision, but I made the decision what my heart wanted to make.
The opportunities are come and go. I take it or leave it.
What opportunity I’m going to take is my freedom. No one tells me which one to take or which one is good for me.
God says only 3 answers to your pray;
- Not yet.
- I have something better in mind.
And I’m keep praying, praying and praying.
I’m so happy to be back home with my hubby. My inspiration, my muse and my everything.
I am currently keep making my YouTube cooking videos(I’ve been doing for about 3 years) and sharing my recipes. I’ve got my big smile back and I feel enthusiasm again toward sharing my food and recipes.
I believe there are so many more opportunities for me and I’m ready!
Thank you so much for your support from bottom of my heart.
I can’t thank enough for all your support and love. I really feel like you guys are the members of my family. 🙂
Please be there for me as you are right now. <3
I love you all so much!!!
For those who want to know what’s going on with the restaurant after I left, they are still serving the original menu as I’ve known so far. So if you still want to check out the restaurant, go ahead and do it. The restaurant is very beautiful.
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Those who out there telling me that I “gave up” my dream, I want to tell you on your face that I did NOT give up dream. Just because I led go one of thousands opportunities, doesn’t mean I gave up.
I made my decision based on my lifestyle, what I think important most. Happiness.
I’m still working harder and harder every single day, and I choose to work for MYSELF and MY BRAND.
Thank you for your respect.
I was happy to have met you at Jayde Fuzion. I told my buddy that you had left and he was sad because he and his wife wouldn’t have the Opportunity to meet you and taste your food.
Your reasons are perfectly reasonable. You lived your dream. Now it’s time for a new dream to take shape.
Best of luck and happiness wherever you go and whatever you do.
For my selfish note I am so sad that you are not at the Jayde Fuzion because you are my special celebrity chef that I am so proud of! However, I think you made a good decision to go home and be with your husband that you love. I was so excited to meet you at Jayde Fuzion after watching Restaurant Express. I was in town for a week in January and I ate at Jayde Fuzion 3 times! When I met you, I was so happy to meet you but my heart went out to you for being alone. I was telling myself that if I lived at Las Vegas I would have you over to my house for comfort and support but I could not because I lived in California. Well, as much as I will miss the opportunity to see you again when I visit Las Vegas, I am thrilled that you are happy that you are back in Mississippi with your family! I love watching your videos. Although I am Korean and know how to cook some Korean food, I learn so much from watching you cook, plus you are so sweet and cute I never get tired of watching you cook. Keep up the great cooking and I look forward to watching your YT…You will always be my special celebrity chef and hope I will have another opportunity to meet you somewhere. If you ever come to southern CA I would love to see you again! Take care… XXXXOOOO
Thank you so much for your support and love!! It was really fun experience at the Vegas and I’m very happy that I was able to do all the things I’ve done there and met people like you!! I can’t be happier than right now- living with my family and working for myself towards to my life dream. We are actually going to move to northern CA this summer and can’t wait to be there already!
That is great news. I live in Northern California and my friends and I will be glad to come visit wherever you’re cooking!!!
Great news that you will move to Northern CA. Although I am in southern CA I sometimes do go up to N CA and N CA is much closer than MS. I hope I will have the opportunity to see you again. N CA is so beautiful I am sure you will be happy especially when you have your family with you. Hope to see you again soon. I know you met thousands of people but do you remember me? SPCook? Until then I will be watching your YT 🙂
I am sorry to hear the opportunity you had did not work out, but you made the right decision. Family is always the right choice.
You have nothing to prove to anyone. I enjoy your cooking videos. Best of luck to you in the future.
Hi Ms Seonkyoung ,
I become your fan because my wife is a avid fan of yours. because of you , I enjoyed lots of Korean food and develop a liking for it. ( I also developed a bigger pot belly )
I read your entry above and I felt like I am lost in time. Its 2016 now. and I just watched restaurant express , thinking that you have just won it like a couple of weeks back , didn’t know that it was back in 2013! , I still tell my wife that we will go visit your restaurant next year and take a picture with you! Anyways, when my wife told me that she found out that it was back in 2013, we had a good luff. Just wanted to say thanks for sharing all those delicious cooking via you tube and GOD BLESS you and your family,
Wow, how sweet husband and wife you are!! One day when I open my own restaurant, please visit!! 😀 Xoxo
I may have onlu subscribed to Asian At Home last year and have watched Restaurant Express just now and moved to tears when you have won but only to realise that you have left Jade in 2014, yet when I read about the reasons why you left, I cannot but felt encouraged by your determination, strength and courage to even think about participating in the reality show, let alone winning it, moving to Las Vegas and worked it out for a year. You are truly an inspiration! I am also encouraged by the support your hubby gave you to pursue your dream! Both of you are amazing! I hope you are at peace with yourself, the current life that you are leading, and praying that that dream restaurant you want to set up will come to pass! Believing and praying with you. 🙂