TocToc in Seoul is the recipient of the coveted Miele One To Watch Award 2017. Selected by the organisers of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, in collaboration with its regional experts, the Miele One To Watch Award is presented to a restaurant that is outside the Asia’s 50 Best list but is identified as the rising star of the region.
TocToc’s owner-chef Kim Dae-chun will formally accept the honour at the fifth annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, on 21st February 2017, hosted at the W Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.
A former drummer, Kim Dae-chun moved to Japan to pursue his musical ambitions. While there, he discovered his love of cooking and enrolled in a Tokyo culinary school. Returning to Korea in 2008, Kim honed his skills in Seoul restaurants, expanding his knowledge of French, Italian and Japanese cuisines as well as front-of-house operations. Gathering influences and inspiration on his culinary journey, these experiences helped crystallize his vision for TocToc.
Located in Apgujeong, Seoul, TocToc (French for ‘knock knock’) opened in April 2013 and quickly earned acclaim for its modern, French-inspired menu and emphasis on seasonal Korean ingredients. TocToc’s casual ambience and café-style interiors belie the restaurant’s sophisticated approach to gastronomy. While Korean seafood takes centre stage, Chef Kim’s technical skills are also on display with impeccable presentation and refined flavour combinations.
In accepting the award, Kim Dae-chun said: “I am honoured that we have been presented with this prestigious accolade. The Miele One To Watch Award recognises our culinary achievements, and encourages us to work harder to earn a position on the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.”
William Drew, Group Editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants identifies and champions new talent and the Miele One To Watch Award reflects this ethos. In recent years, Chef Kim Dae-chun has made a significant impact on Seoul’s dining scene, impressing diners with his creative dishes and quality local ingredients. Given the team’s commitment to excellence and success to date, TocToc has the potential to rise in the rankings and enter Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list.”
Previous One To Watch winners include Jaan in Singapore, Tenku Ryugin in Hong Kong, La Yeon in Seoul and last year’s recipient, Florilège in Tokyo.
“We congratulate Chef Kim Dae-chun for his innovative creations.” said Mario Miranda, Regional Managing Director ASIA of Miele. “Innovation is at the heart of our credo of Forever Better.
This award recognises an exceptional chef that constantly evolves and creates great fine dining experiences. This is also at the heart of the Miele brand and the creation of our kitchen appliances.”