There are things we say in the kitchen, a codified lexicon, that explain some of the kitchen mentality at Ko. “Make it soigné” means make it right and make it perfect.
It’s something you hear a lot in traditional French kitchens. No mistakes, no misunderstandings. Make it the best. Do not fuck it up.
That was a refrain at the first two restaurants; it became a mantra at Ko.
by David Chang & Peter Meehan
soigné /swah-nyay/ (adj)
dressed very elegantly; well groomed
past participle of the French verb, soigner ‘take care of’,
from the word soin ‘care’