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"Karl Palma is a passionate cook who began his journey into takoyaki culture by landing a part time job and eventually became the General manager and Head Chef position at East Village's Otafuku from June 2011 to June 2013 . while running otafuku he was approached to star IN A FOOD DOCUMENTARY CALLED TAKO NY, DIRECTED BY KRIS BEARTON. little did he know that this film was going to debut at the food film festival in new york city in 2012 in front of a packed house of hungry foodies at a local amc theatre. running a restaurant while working another full time job took a toll on him and karl decided to move on. after leaving otafuku in 7/2013, karl took a break from cooking and went back to playing drums and practicing buddhism, but it was too late. the movie he starred in had people asking nationwide where he will be cooking next, or where his store was. as the film premiered in different cities such as chicago, charleston, south walton florida, karl was flown in to cook and introduce takoyaki to the masses.
with out a store front to cook, in 2015 he officially launched "karlsballs" at the queens night market and the ball has been rolling ever since. in late 2015, karl became thE OFFICIAL TAKOYAKI VENDOR OF JAPAN FES, AN ANNUAL 1 BLOCK ALL JAPANESE STREET FAIR.
in 2016, a producer from nhk news discovered karl's stand. raised in osaka, he became interested in karl's story....and karl became a overnight sensation in japan. this segment, premiered overseas and immediately, karl won over the hearts of the homeland. it was only right that he had to visit japan TO CONTINUE TO learn and research.
in 2017, karl visited japan and ate at 23 takoyaki stores in 2 weeks. with new found inspiration, he decided to revamp his recipes to further pay homage to japanese culinary and the shops of osaka by researching and finding the best ingredients and equipment to curate a takoyaki that reflected his heart and soul. this research and constant curiosity keeps karl motivated to learn more and more as being a master is something he feels he can never be.
in 2019, karl found a teacher in Osaka and constantly works to improve to give his customers a taste of osaka. not only does karl cook osaka food, but his stand bleeds osaka comedy, wit and fun.
today karl is continuing to cook and refine his recipe and technique, while educating the masses of takoyaki culture. his takoyaki pop-up tent travels through out new york city, popping up in different boroughs. karl also guest cooks at different restaurants and or food halls. he hopes to also bring back some of his favorite dishes of osaka west to introduce to all of you to eat and enjoy.
karl has been featured on the cooking channel, vice action bronson show, cnbc, cbs, nhk japan bs1, buzzfeed, japan eats podcast, talking with harry hawk podcast, the food film festival (2012-present), japan fes, mitsuwa marketplace (new jersey) and the queens international night market. he has also cookS at the new york asian film festival, japan society, and many Japanese traditional festivals.
a practicing buddhist, karl also lives in a buddhist temple and works full-time as the resident temple caretaker. in his spare time, he loves to lift weights, practice drums, play ping pong and run a takoyaki business lol.
dude, whaSSup with the banner???
Karl being Karl, HE loves a lot of different things. Food, music, drumming, bodybuilding, cartoons and weightlifting. One of his favorite bodybuilders was a man named Sergio Oliva from Cuba. The dude had arms bigger than his head and was famous for his myth like proportions. HE also DEFEATED ARNOLD.
SERGIO was an inspiration. KARL WANTED TO CREATE SOMETHING EPIC, WINNING, FUN AND LIGHTHEARTED. Long story short, HE DECIDED to create a FUNNY Logo combining the cartoon LOGO of his favorite multi-vitamin, Russian Bear (See picS) with Sergio's Victory Pose -- paste his head on a the character and BOOM! BALL man was born.
With a little bit of Atlas-Man, some tongue in cheek (or should I tongue on BALLS) humor, the BALLMan is quick to grab you attention as well as spark up some jokes. Here at Karl's Balls we don't take ourselves too seriously, however we DO take our cooking seriously!