Our Team Kōjin

Paula Navarrete, Executive Chef

Paula was born and raised in Colombia and moved to Toronto in her early teens. Paula has been with Momofuku Toronto since opening in 2012, starting as a Sous Chef at Noodle Bar before moving to Daishō where she rose to Chef de Cuisine. Before Momofuku, Paula worked at North 44,  Colborne Lane, and learned butchery at Sanagan’s Meat Locker. At Kōjin, the menu is inspired by Paula’s childhood spent around the grill in Colombia, her love of Ontario’s meat and produce, and what she has learned at Momofuku over the past 6 years.

Luke Doran, General Manager

Luke was born in Belfast, Ireland, and grew up immersed in the culinary scene there. Luke studied business at the University of Edinburgh and Sciences Po in Paris before working in the south of France in real estate. In 2014, Luke moved to Canada and began bartending at Southern Accent, eventually working his way up to manager. Luke joined Momofuku in 2018 and became the General Manager of Kōjin in July 2019.

Steven Sousa, Beverage Director

Steven has worked in restaurants since the age of 15, but he became passionate about food and wine after completing his BSc. in Psychology at the University of Toronto. He went on to complete his sommelier diploma with the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers. He has been a member of the Momofuku Toronto team since 2012.

Riley Krieger-Mercer, Director of Operations

Riley has worked in hospitality since 2003. A sommelier by trade, he has worked properties in Canada and Australia including the Four Seasons Whistler, the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, and Chef Matt Moran’s Aria Restaurant in Brisbane, Australia. After moving to Toronto in 2018, Riley has happily found his home at Momofuku.