Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa
(松久 信幸 Matsuhisa Nobuyuki
; born March 10, 1949) is a celebrity chef
known for his fusion cuisine
blending traditional Japanese dishes with South American (Peruvian and Argentine) ingredients. His signature dish is black cod
Nobu was born in Saitama
, Japan. When he was just seven years old, his father died in a traffic accident and he and his two older brothers were raised by his mother. After graduating from high school, he worked at the restaurant Matsue Sushi in Shinjuku
, Tokyo for seven years, and was invited by a regular customer who was a Peruvian entrepreneur of Japanese descent to open a Japanese restaurant in Peru. In 1973 at age 24, he moved to Peru (Lima) and opened a restaurant with the same name of Matsuei in partnership with his sponsor. Nobu was unable to find many of the ingredients he took for granted in Japan and had to improvise, and it was here that he developed his unique style of cuisine that incorporated Southern American ingredients into Japanese dishes.
After three years he and his sponsor parted ways over differences on the business direction, and he moved to Buenos Aires
. He later moved to Alaska
, USA and opened his own restaurant, which failed almost immediately due to a fire that destroyed the restaurant.
In 1977, he moved to Los Angeles and worked at Japanese restaurants "Mitsuwa" and "Oshou", and in 1987, he opened his own restaurant... Read More