Astoria’s favorite expatriate, Chef Daymon Garrett Edwards, who now lives in South Korea, was written up in The Korea Times, the oldest of three English-language daily newspapers. “A pie odyssey of a retired American” details Garrett’s life in America, as well as his business ventures, including his flagship Seoul pie shop, Ruby Edwards Tartine Bakery & Café (tinyurl.com/ChefDGE). The shop is named after Garrett’s mother, who gave him his first cookbook when he was 10. He is pictured in a Korea Times photo by Yun Suh-young.
“When I first came to Korea, everyone said Koreans don’t like sweets,” he said. “But when I observed Korean customers in Dongbuichon-dong (Seoul’s ‘Little Tokyo’), they would say it’s too sweet, but they would buy all of them.” So, why not pies?
He set up shop in Dongbuichon-dong, and got to work making and baking American-style pies. In 2008, the shop moved to the Itaewon district, and now, 10 years later, he’s made pie history — as of Jan. 26 this year, he has sold 3 million pies. For a country that supposedly doesn’t like sweets, that’s a whole lotta pies.