Chef Masaharu Morimoto—known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America—has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients.
Morimoto opened his eponymous Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia in 2001, and in 2004, Wasabi by Morimoto opened at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai. In 2005, Morimoto-XEX opened in Tokyo’s Roppongi district. In 2007, it received one star in the first edition of the Tokyo Michelin Guide. In January 2006, Morimoto brought his eponymous restaurant to New York City, earning him a James Beard Foundation Award for “Outstanding Restaurant Design” and other accolades including “2006 Hot List” restaurant by Conde Nast Traveler; “New York’s Top 50” restaurants by Travel + Leisure; “Top Newcomer” by Zagat Survey; and one of New York Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants.”
Since 1998, Morimoto has competed on the Japanese television show, Iron Chef and also appears on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America. In 2007 his first cookbook, Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking, was published and won the IACP award in the “Chef’s and Restaurants” category and “First Book: The Julia Child Award.” It was also nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award.