If you are into food-related TV shows, then you certainly know Kelly Choi, an Emmy Award-winning TV host, author, producer and food lover, best known for hosting such TV series as the Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” (2009-2010), while she also worked as a hostess of the documentary series “Secrets of New York” (2005-2011).
So, do you want to find out more about the life and work of Kelly Choi, from her early childhood to date, including her personal life? If yes, then stay with us for the length of the article as we bring you closer to the Emmy-winning hostess and producer.
Kelly Choi Wiki: Early Life, Parents, and Education
Kelly Choi was born on the 7th February 1976, in Seoul, South Korea but her parents migrated to the US when she was small, where she grew up with her siblings in Virginia. Kelly got her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, Virginia, and wanted to become a director and producer, so after getting her Master’s from Columbia University in New York, she pursued a career on television. During her studies, Kelly worked as a model with Ford Models and also as a VJ for MTV Korea.
Career Beginnings and Secrets of New York
Before working on bigger projects, Choi hosted a local entertainment and lifestyle program called “Freckles”, and then appeared on television as the hostess of the TV Special “48th Annual New York Emmy Awards” in 2005. By the end of the year, she had appeared in the documentary “Fashion Week Diaries”, and in the mini-series “The City That Never Sleeps”. From 2005 to 2011, Kelly worked as the hostess of 14 episodes of the TV documentary series “Secrets of New York”, about the five boroughs of New York City, little-known facts and mysteries, and secret recipes of neighborhoods.
If you ever wanted to take a trip through the history of the “Big Apple”, then this show will give the info you needed to know, certainly one to watch if you’re a history enthusiast, or just want to get more facts about the city that never sleeps, rated one of the best documentary shows on TV, that helped Choi to win multiple Emmy awards. She also wrote, directed and produced five episodes in 2005.
Other Work and Top Chef Masters
Kelly continued working on such projects as “The Taste New York” (2005) and “Eat Out NY” (2006), while she was a hostess of the James Beard Awards, along with several food shows. Choi also won the Elite Modeling Agency’s “Look of The Year”, along with other awards, but it seems that Bravo Channel’s “Top Chef Masters” is her biggest project to date. Kelly hosted 20 episodes from 2009 to 2010 and the show received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming in 2010.
It is a spin-off of Bravo’s hit show “Top Chef”, and in the series, chefs of world-renown compete against each other each week in challenges, which makes it different from the original which usually features younger professional cooks who are still rising in the food service industry. Following the success of the “Top Chef Masters”, Choi hosted a weekend series devoted to iconic Kung Fu films acquired from Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers Studios, named “Late Night Kung Fu” in 2011, while her most recent appearance on television was in the political talk show “Melissa Harris-Perry” in 2013.
Kelly Choi Net Worth
So, have you ever wondered how rich Kelly Choi is, as of early 2019? Well, according to authoritative sources, Kelly has an estimated net worth of over $4 million dollars, due largely to the success of the TV projects she worked on, but Choi also has her own business, as she invests in restaurants and also her pizza house in New York, along with some cafes as well.
Personal Life, Body Measurements and Social Media
Kelly Choi is very cautious when it comes to personal details such as love life, as she prefers to keep it private and away from the eyes of the media. It was rumored that Choi was dating a handsome and talented South Korean singer, but the name of this mysterious boyfriend remains unknown, while the TV hostess hasn’t shared any pictures with men on her social network accounts, so we can only guess about her love life.
Kelly is active on social media with around 70,000 followers on Twitter and more than 12,000 on Instagram but it appears that she doesn’t have a Facebook account. Kelly stands tall at 5ft 10ins in height and is lightweight. Her vital statistics are 36-25-26 inches; it’s known that she underwent plastic surgery intervention.