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Mamoru Tatemori

Honolulu, HI

Mamoru Tatemori is a Japanese celebrity chef and restaurateur known for introducing new Yakitori cuisine blending traditional Japanese kaiseki, yakitori, and sushi with fine wine. At the age of 18, he studied kaiseki cuisine at the prestigious Hotel Okura’s Yamazato Restaurant in Tokyo, then at age of 21, he was transferred to Amsterdam’s Hotel Okura’s Yamazato.

After several years, he moved to the United States to become the first chef at Chicago’s famous Sushi Hatsuhana. From 2002-2008, Tatemori also worked as the executive chef at Tokyo-Tokyo restaurant inside the then Kahala Mandarin Oriental, now The Kahala Hotel & Resort. He served three presidents from Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines with their country’s cuisines and many celebrities from all over the world.

After returning to Japan, Tatemori joined Suntory Beer and Spirits Co. as their gourmet development consultant and worked on restaurant openings and menu development.

In November 2012, he opened Tatemori, a yakitori restaurant in Ginza, Japan. Within three months it became the sixth hardest restaurant in Tokyo to get a reservation, and even turned down the opportunity to receive his first Michelin star. Tatemori’s restaurant was selected as the Best Restaurant in Tokyo in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Tatemori’s restaurant also won the AAA 4-Diamond Award from the National Association of Automobile Associations, and in 2015, Tatemori was recognized by Pen Magazine as one of 100 people in Japan they are most proud of.

However, in April of 2017, with the goal of opening a Tatemori yakitori restaurant in Hawaii, Chef Tatemori decided to close Tatemori in Japan and has recently relocated to Hawaii with his wife and two children. Chef Tatemori hopes to open Tatemori yakitori restaurant on Oahu and a sushi restaurant in Pasadena, California by the end of the year.

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