Christine Yi and Chef James Tracey -
World-Traveling Home Cook and Executive Chef

Christine Yi and Chef James Tracey are a couple who are both food enthusiasts. Christine is a very talented home cook, while Chef James, her fiance, is a professional and nationally recognized chef. Keep scrolling to get to know more about this lovely couple.

World-traveling gourmet and home cook Christine Yi, based in New York City, shares her escapades with her passionate followers. She has had a strong relationship with food since she was very young.

She was raised in a traditional Korean household and had the best of both worlds. She learned authentic Korean cooking and developed a lifelong obsession with dumplings from her mother and grandmother. She balanced it with a passion for NYC's diverse cuisines and flavors.

She has her own website wherein she shares her unique and flavorful recipes, beautiful photos of different dishes and many more. Also, you can order their CY Eats MaLa 麻辣 Chili Oil.

Visit her website here: CY Eats

Before coming this far, Christine had a stressful job that she eventually left and began to look and build for a happier life. When her friend later asked her what she wanted, she answered: "to eat well and be happy." 

Because individuals were posting for a living on Instagram, the friend advised she download it because she thought food would soon follow. Now, her Instagram page (@cy_eats) has over 250 thousand followers. An Instagrammer, indeed! Also, she's now a supplier of chili oil that she makes with her now-fiancé, James.

Meanwhile, chef James Tracey is the Executive Chef/Partner of Monterey, the newest retro-chic American Brasserie in Midtown Manhattan, and Isabelle's Osteria, a contemporary Italian restaurant in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan. Chef James is a nationally recognized chef and has worked in the kitchens at Craft, Starr Restaurants, Gramercy Tavern, Colicchio & Sons, and Lespinasse for more than 30 years. Green markets and nearby farms serve as Chef Tracey's sources of inspiration as he develops recipes with crisp, assertive flavors that best highlight the ingredients. Chef Tracey garnered Craft and Colicchio & Sons 3-star reviews from the New York Times.

As a gourmet and a home cook, one of Christine’s most essential tools is a high-quality knife. And yes, she really enjoys being busy in the kitchen with Syosaku’s Slicer/Sujihiki Knife. She even shared on her Instagram stories the delight she had when she started using the knife.

"Sooooo pretty!

And that gorgeous mahogany handle."

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Christine and Chef James absolutely enjoys all Syosaku products they have! Look at these videos.

The couple even got their knives engraved with their names. Gorgeous, isn't it?

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Fact about Christine:

Christine has escaped death twice. She got injured in a train accident in 2003. Her right leg had to be amputated and replaced with a prosthetic. She does indeed proudly own a prosthetic leg. In October 2021, she unexpectedly suffered a cardiac arrest. Her breathing ceased, and she collapsed to the ground. She still doesn't know what caused it, but the defibrillator in the ambulance brought her back to life.


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"Such a beautiful engagement gift!

This is an authentic Urushi glass plate from Syosaku-Japan. It is carefully made with utmost craftmasnhip!"

Christine Yi, cy_eats

High carbon content combined with special production techniques gives exceptional hardness (HRC 62-63) to the core. The hardness allows the thinner blade edge, resulting in razor sharpness. High chromium content and other alloy components realizes extreme stain & corrosion resistance. The hard ZA18 is clad in softer stainless steel. This gives the blade an added toughness and durability, as well as stunning Damascus beauty. Handcrafted in Sakai, Japan, where the master craftsmanship has been handed down generation to generation for centuries.