10.05 2015 INTERVIEW DATE
ara homeground owner, Cook
Hwigyeong-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
Ara Ahn was once a graphic designer. A work so demanding that delivery meals were a routine, she got fed up and one day started to cook for herself—which apparantly led her to a new world. She used to be one of the crew members of Chang Jinwoo restaurant. The self-learned cook decided she'd walk her own way of cooking and quit the job, spent some time of her own and later founded 'Ara Homeground', a home&office to study and show a variety of her independant menus in many forms—from catering to pop-up restaurants, workshops and invited meals at home. As usual, she was occupied with her work when we knocked on her door for our interview last fall. And as of now, in 2016, in a rather remote neighborhood, Hwigyeong-dong, she opened her 'Ara Homeground' studio. Amid the endless sound and scent of roasting and frying, she often finds herself surrounded by people.