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Roy Yamaguchi is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality. He is the owner and founder of 31 Roy’s Restaurants, including 29 in the United States, one in Guam and one in Tokyo, Japan. Yamaguchi is also a partner with OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC - a multibillion dollar company, which owns, operates and has venture agreements with eight brands, including Roy’s Restaurants.
He is revered as the innovator of Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine. In 1993, Roy was honored, as the first chef in Hawaii with the James Beard Award for "Best Chef: Pacific Northwest." Yamaguchi co-founded the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, bringing together celebrity chefs and talents from around the world to create the state’s premiere epicurean lifestyle event.
Yamaguchi received his formal training and culinary arts education from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York. Upon graduation, he worked at some of California's most notable establishments from Michael's in Santa Monica to the Escoffier Room and also apprenticed under master chefs, Jean Bertranou and Michel Blanchet. In 1984, he became the visionary, founder and chef of the popular 385 North in Los Angeles.
In 1988, Yamaguchi opened the first Roy's Restaurant in Hawaii Kai, which was dubbed by Food & Wine magazine as the "crown jewel of Honolulu's East-West eateries," and it was named one of Conde Nast Traveler's "Top 50." Gourmet magazine acknowledged Yamaguchi as "the father of modern East-West cooking" while the New York Times described him as "the Wolfgang Puck of the Pacific."