Former chef at Mugaritz and the most recent sous chef at the blazing hot Atera Restaurant in New York City, Zach Hunter, flew back to San Diego to hang out with his old crew to put on an amazing 9-course (plus 4 snacks) pop up dinner at Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Chef Hunter has plans to move to Austin, TX soon where he will be working on an unnamed project. I wish I was in that loop because it’s going to be undoubtedly special no matter what it’s called.
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The first time I ever took Joon’s picture (months before his wedding) I told him “we need to work on your smile.” Not that he had a bad one but it certainly looked forced and uncomfortable at times. You could tell he didn’t practice it in the mirror on the regular.
Joon and Jess are dear friends whose marriage characterized the celebration of service. The central point of their reception was the washing of Jessica’s feet by Joon, a Biblical symbol of humility. They are a considerate couple and often choose to value others over themselves. You could tell that the wedding was more about the attendees than them.
At the end of the day, after we spent the afternoon taking pictures at USD, I had realized that I never told Joon to fix his smile once. I guess having a wedding with some of your best friends and family is one easy way to practice.