Gabriela Kook, more widely known as Gabie Kook, born 1988 in Argentina, is an Argentinian-born Korean YouTuber with an international audience. Her YouTube channel covers an array of topics, but is mostly focused on food and cooking.
In May of 2021, most of her videos were removed or set to private, following a video showing her flouting South Korea’s COVID-19 quarantine regulations in October 2020 led to backlash. A video apologizing for the incident was uploaded on 20 April 2021.
Kook was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and lived in Spain until she was 12-years-old. Following that, she studied in the United States and France. Although born outside of the country, her parents were South Korean; she has described herself as a “third culture kid”. She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, a culinary education facility in Paris. She became well-known in 2014, when she was a runner-up in MasterChef Korea. Gabie is the wife of Joshua Carrott. The couple married in 2016.
In 2020, Kook was diagnosed with endometriosis. In November, 2021, she, Josh Carrott and Ollie Kendal opened a specialist “Korean Toast” restaurant in London.
In October 2020, Carrott and Kook came under scrutiny due to their violation of South Korea’s COVID-19 quarantine regulations. Kook went to Korea from London in the United Kingdom for endometriosis treatment, and was required to quarantine for two weeks. However, a video was uploaded to social media of her and friends celebrating her birthday by welcoming friends at their door while they were supposed to be in isolation, and receiving birthday gifts. In one shot, Kook is shown removing her face mask to blow out candles on a birthday cake and apply lipstick, albeit in a socially distanced manner. Kook has also faced controversy over her eligibility for national health insurance in South Korea; in her apology video, Kook confirmed that she was mistaken in believing she was paying for national health insurance in South Korea however she was trying to game the system as netizens have found out that she had known it was in fact the National Pension. She later underwent endometriosis treatment in the UK.
Both Carrott and Kook posted public apologies after the incident, though both apologies were criticized for being inadequate.
Gabie Kook is showing quite a high level of activeness on various social media platforms which happen to be Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and TikTok. On Instagram she shares her daily life by capturing every moment of her life, she also posts different aesthetic photos and shares them lifestyle. Currently her Instagram community exceeds 295 thousand followers. As for YouTube, Kook joined this platform and created her channel on January 13 2012 and as of 2022, her channel has over 1.23 million subscribers. On TikTok Kook shares videos which are all related to food and here her audience reaches 12 thousand. The last social media platform on which the young influencer shows an activeness is Facebook, here Gabie shares the same content as on her Instagram account, however on Facebook her account has about 23 thousand followers.