Over his twenty-five year career, internationally-known Chef Takashi Yagihashi has been lauded by consumers and critics alike for his exquisite melding of contemporary French, Asian, and American cuisine.
A native of Mito, Japan, the self-taught Yagihashi was working in a local restaurant when the owner asked him to relocate to the States and work for him there; over the next several years, the young chef worked his way up the culinary ladder throughout Chicago.
In late 2011, Chicago’s Slurping Turtle opened to instantaneous success and received a Michelin Bib Gourmand Award in 2013. Located in Chicago's River North neighborhood, Slurping Turtle offers Japanese comfort food, where delicate balance and respect for natural flavors continues to be a hallmark of his cooking style. In 2012, Yagihashi competed in the fourth season of Top Chef Masters, participating in seven rounds of competition and ultimately winning the coveted "Fan Favorite" award. Slurping Turtle expanded to Ann Arbor in spring 2014.
Takashi published his first cookbook, Takashi’s Noodles, in 2009. When asked what he loves most about cooking, “I love the whole process – from cutting fish to the final plating. The creativity of coming up with a dish combined with the execution of the final product, start to finish, that’s what I like the most.”
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