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Meet Mountain Valley Culinary Ambassador Chef Andrew Lim

A rising star in the Chicago culinary scene, Chef Andrew Lim’s dedication to showcasing his heritage along with a commitment to utilizing the best ingredients and techniques while fostering a sense of community at his restaurant define Natural American Goodness.  

About Chef Lim 

Andrew Lim started his culinary career at The Bristol, a neighborhood eatery in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. The restaurant was under the command of Executive Chef Chris Pandel, who Andrew continued to work alongside for many years.  

Later, Andrew went out west to the Bay Area of California and opened a pizzeria in Oakland with his childhood friend before cooking a season East in Nantucket. Andrew returned home and was part of the opening teams for Formento's of the B Hospitality Group, along with Swift & Sons and Cold Storage of the BOKA Restaurant Group in the Fulton Market area of Downtown Chicago.  

 In 2018, Andrew ventured off independently to open his first business as the owner and operator of City Rock Korean Kitchen downtown in the Loop with co-owner and brother, Billy Lim. Soon after, the opportunity for another restaurant presented itself and within the year of its opening, Andrew took over the space of an existing restaurant to re-open the business under his vision. Alongside his childhood friend and General Managing partner, Thomas Oh, they opened the doors to PERILLA korean american fare in July of 2019. A vision long dreamt to share his culture and cuisine with the city of Chicago. 

About his restaurant 

PERILLA korean American fare in Chicago, Ill. features Korean-American Cuisine centered around a communal dining experience. Inspired by classic Korean flavors and ingredients, they offer traditional classics paired alongside new and exciting takes that respectfully introduce and represent the Korean cuisine and culture with passion and attention to detail. The restaurant works to create and maintain a community of independent small businesses supporting each other throughout Chicago and partner with quality purveyors that allow them to share their products and services.  

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