Masaharu Morimoto

Momosan & Morimoto Asia Waikiki - Honolulu, HI

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is renowned for bridging Japanese culinary traditions with the American palate, delivering excitement, flawless technique, and harmonious flavors to diners worldwide. With a signature style blending Western and Japanese ingredients, he stands as one of today’s premier chefs.

Following a shoulder injury that ended his baseball career in Japan, Morimoto immersed himself in the art of sushi in his hometown of Hiroshima. At 24, he opened his first restaurant, showcasing his mastery of this intricate cuisine. Seeking to fuse the best of both cultures, he ventured to America in 1994.

Morimoto’s culinary journey led to executive chef positions at prestigious establishments, including the original Nobu restaurant. In 2001, he launched his own restaurant in Philadelphia, followed by ventures in New York, Tokyo, and beyond, establishing an empire that spans continents.

Amid accolades such as appearances on San Pellegrino’s “Top 100 Restaurants in the World” list and a James Beard Foundation Award, Morimoto’s influence extended beyond the kitchen. His foray into television with Iron Chef Japan and Iron Chef America showcased his innovation to millions. He continued to push boundaries with ventures like Iron Chef Gauntlet and Roku’s Morimoto’s Sushi Master.

Morimoto’s expertise transcended cuisine into entrepreneurship, with ventures like the Morimoto Signature Series of beer and a line of premium sake and shochu. His collaboration with renowned brands birthed unique products like Morimoto grape-seed oil and Morimoto Single Malt Whiskey.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Morimoto pivoted, offering face masks and merchandise to fans while introducing products like Morimoto Miso Soup and Momosan Instant Ramen for home enjoyment.

His collaborations expanded into the wine industry with labels like Morimoto Dream, in partnership with Grgich Hills Estate, and culinary innovations like the Morimoto Mochi Donut Kit with Global Grub. Teaming up with Hawaiian Paradise Coffee and Treveri Cellars, Morimoto brought tropical flavors and sparkling wines to enthusiasts worldwide.

Named Holland America’s Fresh Fish Ambassador, Masaharu Morimoto continues to innovate, curating menu items for the Global Fresh Fish Program and planning pop-up restaurants on board.


Jade Cocktail Club with Morimoto & Friends

Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

November 7, 2024

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