Akira Back - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


Akira Back

Akira Back - Las Vegas, NV

Chef Akira Back’s success and notoriety continue to build. Since opening Yellowtail, Back has been named “Best Chef in Las Vegas” by Las Vegas Weekly. He was awarded the title of “Rising Star” by Restaurant Hospitality (2008) and has had the distinct honor of hosting the prestigious James Beard House dinners (2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2018).

Back has also participated in some of the culinary world’s most prestigious events, including Aspen Food & Wine Festival, Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival and Bon Appetit’s Vegas Uncork’d. But it was in the Fall of 2017, when Chef Back received his greatest honor to date, the 2018 and 2019 Seoul Michelin Guide Seoul awarded Chef Back’s famed restaurant DOSA one Michelin star for its excellence in innovative cuisine and service – one of the highest accolades a chef can receive and a true honor for the South Korea native.

Back has extensive broadcast experience, appearing on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” where he battled Iron Chef Bobby Flay. Back can also be seen on NBC’s “The Today Show,” Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” The Cooking Channel’s “United Tastes of America,” as well as KBS’ “Success Mentor”.

In addition to Yellowtail, Chef Back’s portfolio includes Kumi Japanese Restaurant by Akira Back at Mandalay Bay, where he is Executive Chef and Partner. Additionally, Back opened his namesake brand Akira Back Restaurants in Toronto, Singapore, Bangkok, Seoul, Dubai, Hanoi, Jakarta and New Delhi with additional locations opening in San Francisco, Beverly Hill, Bali, San Diego, Boston, Dallas in 2019.