Korean Englishman is a known and famous YouTube channel created by internet personality duo Josh Carrott and Ollie Kendal. It features videos in Korean and English centering around South Korean culture and food.
Joshua Carrott was born on the 14th May 1989 in Brighton, England to Daryl and Maureen Carrott. His father was a fireman, and his mother was a policewoman. Aged 12, his family moved from England to Qingdao, China. Carrott was first exposed to Korean culture through South Korean expatriate students at the International School of Qingdao. He then returned to England for university, majoring in Korean language studies at SOAS, University of London. He also studied a year abroad at Korea University. He is married to Gabriela Kook, an Argentine-born South Korean chef.
Oliver Kendal is Carrotts’ friend, whom he met while attending SOAS in London. He has a background in video making, as well as photography and graphic design. In 2013, he was pursuing a master’s degree in Biblical studies. In November of that year, he and Carrott incorporated the private limited company Kendal and Carrott in the United Kingdom. Kendal is married and has a daughter, Juno.
The channel initially featured the reactions of their English friends to Korean cuisine. Most famously, they introduced fire noodles to their English friends as a spicy food challenge in 2014; this later developed into the “Fire Noodle Challenge”. They have since collaborated with both Western and Korean celebrities.
Carrott and Kendal launched a second channel, “Jolly”, in 2017, which produces a broader variety of content intended for a more global audience. Both Kendal and Carrott frequently have friends and family on as guests, including Kendal’s brother-in-law, Chris Lee.
In 2019, over half of the channel’s views came from Korea.
On Josh’s 32nd birthday, Ollie published Josh’s (partially fictitious) autobiography, which was ghostwritten by his friends, with parts of the proceeds donated to Carrot Land Adventure Park in Ohakune, New Zealand.