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Over his twenty-five-year career, Takashi Yagihashi has been lauded by consumers and critics for his exquisite ways of melding contemporary French, Asian, and American cuisine. A native of Mito, Japan, Yagihashi stumbled into a culinary career after graduating from Tokyo Design School with an Interior Design degree. Intrigued by American culture and cuisine, Yagihashi accepted a cooking opportunity in the States. After gaining acclaim at Tribute in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and Okada restaurant at the Wynn Las Vegas. He moved on to Chicago where he fully realized his passion and opened his own restaurant, Takashi in December 2007. Both Esquire and Chicago magazines named Takashi a “Best New Restaurant.”
Following the success of his first restaurant, Takashi opened Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi at Macy’s on State Street, which was named one of the “Five Best Noodle Shops in America” by Bon Appetit in 2009. In 2010, Takashi received a coveted Michelin star and in late 2011, he opened Slurping Turtle, which became an instantaneous success earning him a Michelin Bib Gourmand Award in 2013. That same year, venturing on a new concept, Takashi launched Tabo Sushi by Takashi and a year later he expanded Slurping Turtle to Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Yagihashi’s accolades include 2000’s “Best New Chef” by Food and Wine and "Best Chef Midwest" Winner by the esteemed James Beard Foundation in 2003. He has also competed on Top Chef Masters, where he was awarded “fan favorite”, Iron Chef, and appeared on Top Chef as a judge. Takashi also competed against former Top Chef and Top Chef Masters personalities in a new Bravo series, Top Chef Duels.