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Shota Nakajima

Taku & Kobo - Seattle, WA

Shota Nakajima is a multifaceted culinary talent, renowned as a chef, restaurateur, and television personality. He is the proud owner of Taku and Kobo Pizza, two celebrated establishments located in Seattle. Nakajima boasts an impressive culinary resume, having been honored as a three-time semifinalist for the James Beard Awards.

In 2021, Nakajima showcased his culinary prowess as a top-three finalist on Bravo’s acclaimed series, Top Chef, capturing the hearts of viewers and earning the coveted Season 18 Fan Favorite title, bestowed upon him by the public. His culinary journey continued to flourish in 2023 when he clinched a top-8 placement in Food Network’s highly competitive Tournament of Champions.

Nakajima’s culinary achievements extend beyond the realm of television. He has been the recipient of prestigious accolades such as the Eater ‘Young Guns’ award and the Zagat ’30 Under 30′ chef designation. His influence in the culinary world was further recognized in 2021 when Seattle Met Magazine named him one of ‘The Most Influential People in Seattle’.

Not confined to the kitchen, Nakajima has showcased his skills on various culinary platforms. He has competed on esteemed shows like Iron Chef Gauntlet and Beat Bobby Flay, while also serving as both a judge and competitor on numerous Food Network competition programs. His captivating presence has graced television screens on CBS’s The Talk and ABC’s Good Morning America.

Beyond his culinary pursuits, Shota Nakajima embraces the outdoors, frequently venturing into the wilderness to forage and fish alongside his loyal companion, Dodger the border collie. He seizes every opportunity to explore the abundant wild offerings found in Washington’s mountains and waters, adding depth and inspiration to his culinary creations.

PARTICIPATING EVENTS

Lucky Dragon with Martin Yan & Friends

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

October 18, 2024

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