About Chef and Owner Takashi

For the past 9 years, Takashi Yagihashi has been the Head Chef and Owner at Takashi in beautiful Chicago. The restaurant holds up to 65 guests and specializes in French American w/ Japanese cuisine. With over 20 years of experience, Takashi wows us with a signature dish "Duck Fat Fried Chicken, Egg Custard Dish".

Press & Awards

Yagihashi’s accolades include: 2000 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, appeared on the Martha Stewart Show and Top Chef as a judge. Later this year, Takashi will compete against former Top Chef and Top Chef Masters personalities in a new Bravo series Top Chef Duels. Takashi garnered consumer and critical accolades, including being named “Best New Restaurant” by Chicago Magazine and one of ten “Best New Restaurants of the Year” by Esquire as well as a highly coveted Michelin-star.

Takashi's Bio

Chef Takashi Yagihashi opened his namesake Chicago restaurant, Takashi, in December 2007 to immediate critical and consumer success. Both Esquire and Chicago magazines named Takashi a "Best New Restaurant." Enhancing and updating the classic French with American and Japanese twists, the self-taught Yagihashi’s delicate balance and respect for natural flavors has become a hallmark of his cooking style. He then opened Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi, a quick service restaurant that was named one of the “Five Best Noodle Shops in America” by Bon Appetit; in 2009, he published his first cookbook, Takashi’s Noodles. In 2010, Takashi received a coveted Michelin star and has continued this success every year since. In late 2011, he brought Japanese comfort food, focusing on ramen, items from the bincho grill and sashimi to Chicago’s River North neighborhood with Slurping Turtle. It became an instantaneous success and earned a Michelin Bib Gourmand Award in 2013. In 2014, Slurping Turtle expanded to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Yagihashi’s accolades include: 2000 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, appeared on the Martha Stewart Show and Top Chef as a judge. Later this year, Takashi will compete against former Top Chef and Top Chef Masters personalities in a new Bravo series Top Chef Duels.