If you love Japanese food like sushi, ramen, and sake, you definitely should know Masaharu Morimoto, the famous Iron Chef. But there is another side of him we don’t get to see too often. In addition to his life on television, Masaharu is a successful restaurateur who has worked long and hard to build a team that can create great food at each of his many restaurants.
Masaharu Morimoto had two dreams when he was a child: To become a sushi chef or a professional baseball player. After sustaining an injury he dedicated his life to sushi and since then has applied himself to the art and practice of sushi every day. As Masaharu says: “I don’t want to be a celebrity or a celebrity chef. I want to be known as a legitimate chef.”
Munchies spent time with Masaharu Morimoto at two of his restaurants, Morimoto in Chelsea and Momosan Ramen & Sake in Midtown Manhattan, where the Iron Chef talks about fame, food, and freedom. “I am from Hiroshima,” Masaharu told Munchies. “I’ve been doing this job since I was 18, which is more than 40 years.” And you can taste his experience with every bite you take.
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