Roy Choi infuses his signature Kogi truck dishes with kombucha

At first glance, Roy Choi is the coolest person in the room. Talk to him and eat his mouthwatering dishes, he becomes 10 times cooler. Learn about his mission to feed underserved communities with healthy food options and he becomes almost saint-like, but this L.A. native's newest endeavor is focused on reinventing the way we think about food. 

This summer, Choi partnered up with KeVita to showcase the benefits of fermented foods in some of his most mouthwatering Kogi food truck and Chego-inspired dishes, such as a miso spinach salad featuring KeVita apple cider vinegar tonic turmeric ginger, a Cali cauli adobo bowl featuring tart cherry kombucha and a lime mint coconut mojita. 

"I tried to really take the flavor of Kogi and Chego," said the chef. "Some of them are plays on dishes that exist but I [tried] to really be true to the flavor and culture of Kogi and Chego, and take a look through the lens of kombucha."

KeVita, a kombucha and probiotic brand, strives to combat and overpower the "bad" bacteria in your gut and ultimately helps balance and maintain your digestive system. Choi's partnership with the brand helps highlight the concept that healthy food can not only taste good, but it can also be available to everyone.

Although the famous food truck chef is all about maintaining gut balance, he reveals that it's okay to be "bad" every once in a while.

"There's nothing wrong with junk food," explains the chef. "It's all good to have Cheetos and candy and soda -- and a lot of health nuts may not agree with me on that -- but I think there's room for a romantic comedy and there's room for documentaries. You need that balance in life, you need room for fun food, but when that fun food becomes your only food, then that's when the problem exists." 

Good food that is available to everyone is one of Choi's passions -- and he showed it with LocoL, an American restaurant that had several California locations. The eatery aimed to revolutionize the fast-food industry with healthy options, all while supporting the surrounding communities of color. In what was one of the most heartbreaking moments for Choi, the restaurants closed their doors after two years.

"LocoL is not dead, but it is definitely limping," said the chef. "I have a lot of people that I really, really care about that no longer have a job right now. So for me, I have to wake up to that reality every single day and continue past the headlines. I have to wake up every day and still look at a whole community in their eye and try to figure out how we don't give up and continue to bring prosperity to the neighborhood." 

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Choi hopes that they will find a way to generate revenue, position themselves for a new round of investments and reevaluate the models they've been using.  

"You got to be there for the ups and the downs," expresses the chef. "You can't just be there when it's the easiest." 

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Chef Roy Choi throughout the years
Kogi co-founder Roy Choi poses for a portrait at 3 Worlds Cafe in Los Angeles, California September 12, 2014. Los Angeles chef Roy Choi, 44, sparked a nationwide food movement with his Kogi BBQ food trucks that peddle short rib tacos, kimchi quesadillas and other Korean/Mexican mash-ups, and turned Americans' view of the "roach coach" on its head. Picture taken September 12. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: FOOD SOCIETY)
People buy food from the Kogi truck in Los Angeles, California, June 6, 2014. Kogi Korean BBQ, a Korean taco truck that tweeted its way to international stardom in 2008, is the ultimate example of L.A.'s vibrant food culture. It was the brainchild of chef Roy Choi, who was a toddler when his family immigrated to the United States from Korea and is now famous for launching the hipster food truck trend that took the United States by storm. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY FOOD)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 12: Chef Roy Choi at the 2017 Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on August 12, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
People buy food from the Kogi truck in Los Angeles, California, June 6, 2014. Kogi Korean BBQ, a Korean taco truck that tweeted its way to international stardom in 2008, is the ultimate example of L.A.'s vibrant food culture. It was the brainchild of chef Roy Choi, who was a toddler when his family immigrated to the United States from Korea and is now famous for launching the hipster food truck trend that took the United States by storm. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY FOOD)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 12: Dan the Automator (L) and Roy Choi cook onstage for KIMCHI 3030 with Roy, Dan, and Del on the Gastro Magic Stage during the 2017 Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on August 12, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic)
NAPA, CA - MAY 26: Jesse Tyler Ferguson and chef Roy Choi are seen on the culinary stage during the 2017 BottleRock Napa Festival on May 26, 2017 in Napa, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Roy Choi arrives for Netflix presents Russell Simmons' 'Def Comedy Jam 25' Special Event at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 10, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04: Ben Baller, Emory Jones, Thadeus, Kareem 'Biggs' Burke and Roy Choi attend Roc96 x Madeworn Barney's Launch Event at Madeworn Studios on May 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Roc96 x Madeworn)
Kogi co-founder Roy Choi poses for a portrait at 3 Worlds Cafe in Los Angeles, California September 12, 2014. Los Angeles chef Roy Choi, 44, sparked a nationwide food movement with his Kogi BBQ food trucks that peddle short rib tacos, kimchi quesadillas and other Korean/Mexican mash-ups, and turned Americans' view of the "roach coach" on its head. Picture taken September 12. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: FOOD SOCIETY)
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All dishes mentioned can be found at his restaurant Chego, until October 31st. 

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