John Park of Toast Kitchen & Bakery Almost Homeless to Success


By Catherine Pearlman

When entering Toast Kitchen & Bakery on Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa, the unique magnificent pies immediately catch the eye.

A peanut butter banana pie with blueberry compote, topped with billowy whipped cream and pretzel streusel. An orange-hued thai tea pie with black sesame caramel. A sweet corn peach pie reminiscent of a summer afternoon on the farm.

Toast Kitchen & Bakery is a full-service restaurant featuring diner comfort foods, but it’s the pies that got executive chef and co-owner John Park’s culinary career back on track.

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