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My Favorite Room: Jo Koy serves up a big helping of feng shui

Jo Koy grew up watching cooking shows, but what he coveted wasn’t the latest recipe for lasagna or brownies.

“I remember just going, ‘I want a kitchen like that in my house,’” the comedian, 45, said. “Well, everything I used to dream about when I was a kid that I wanted my kitchen to look like, I’ve got.”

Koy bought his Studio City hilltop home in 2013. The modern single-story home features a two-bedroom main house, a two-bedroom guest house and a weight room attached to the garage.

“I got lucky when I found this place,” he said. “I have privacy and room to park about six cars on my property, which is pretty rare is this area.”

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The house is about to get bigger: He’s expanding the main unit by adding an open-plan second floor that will feature a master suite.

Koy is currently touring the U.S. and hosts a weekly podcast, “The Koy Pond”; his first Netflix comedy special, “Jo Koy: Live from Seattle,” started streaming March 28.

Jo Koy says people migrate to his kitchen, which includes a Thermador stove. "There's this good energy," he says.
(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

What makes the room special?

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I love everything about my kitchen. It’s the most feng shui room in the house. There’s this good energy. It has an island in the middle where I do all my chopping and cooking preparation. I love my stove. It’s a huge, beautiful stainless steel Thermador Professional.

How do you use the space?

It’s where we migrate. The kitchen is its own room. It opens to a dining area, but we usually don’t make it out that far. We eat in the kitchen. My son, Joseph, 13, does his homework in there. My girlfriend, Amy, and I have our evening conversations there. It’s where we cook, talk and socialize.

Describe the design style.

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I went with white and gray. I have gray countertops, whitish/gray cabinets and stainless steel trim. I’m a minimalist when it comes to stuff in the house. Less is more. I want whatever pieces I have to pop and stand out. I like white and open spaces, and I don’t like clutter.

Which item most represents you?

The stove, because I love to cook. I enjoy it. It’s relaxing.

Have you always cooked?

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No. I started cooking when I bought a condominium in Studio City in 2010. I liked that kitchen, and my son was about 6 and started asking for certain meals. So, I was like, OK, I can make that at home. That’s how I started.

Jo Koy top-chef must-haves?

My classic red KitchenAid mixer and matching blender. I also love my GreenPan. It is my favorite pan. I cook everything in it.

What’s on the weekly menu in the Koy kitchen?

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Chicken adobo, which is a Filipino recipe, and picadillo, another Filipino dish that has beef and potatoes with carrots.

Do you collect anything from the road?

I have a Starbucks cup from every city where I have performed.

hotproperty@latimes.com

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