Chef Shigeo Akiba

Chef Shigeo Akiba

The cornerstone of NAMI is its Head Chef Shigeo Akiba, who hails from the Japanese city of Yokohama. With more than 30 years of culinary experience under his belt, he is first an artist and then an epicurean. Among the highlights of his career is preparing the wedding banquet of Japan’s Prince Akishinomiya and Princess Kiko, and later, their crowning ceremony. He has also had the honour of serving Emperor Akihito when he dined at the Nadaman restaurant in Tokyo. Additionally, Mr. Akiba has worked under Iron Chef Koumei Nakamura for five years as his executive chef. He managed the menus of all five restaurants owned by Nakamura, as well as developed the recipes for the dishes that the celebrity chef presented on the internationally popular cooking show on Fuji Television. Other famous personalities he has cooked for include Japan’s Princess Takamado Hisako, French movie star Sophie Marceau, Japanese-Chinese baseball legend Sadaharu Oh or Wang Chen-Chih and world-renowned Japanese symphony orchestra conductor Seiji Ozawa. At NAMI, Mr. Akiba will bring to the table a recipe for dashi stock like no other – a culmination of his depth of experience, and the usage of superior quality ingredients. The backbone of Japanese cooking, dashi is as important as good knife skills are to sushi and sashimi. This is why it is often called the “Broth of Life.”

Restaurant: NAMI Restaurant and Bar