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2006 (2009) - Present
NAOE®  /  KAMAKURA INC.

MIAMI, FL

Executive Chef, General Manager and Dishwasher

Awarded for National and International:

          Forbes Travel Guide 2014 Five-Star Award.

          Forbes Travel Guide 2013 Five-Star Award (1 of only 28 restaurants in the world).

          Forbes Travel Guide 2012 Four-Star Award (Top 4 Japanese Restaurants in North America).

          Forbes Travel Guide 2011 Four-Star Award (Top 3 Japanese Restaurants in North America).

          OpenTable - 2013 Best Restaurants in America.

          OpenTable - 2013 Top 10 Honoree - Best Service Restaurants in the United States.

          OpenTable - 2012 Best Restaurants in the United States.

          OpenTable - 2011 Top 50 Best Service Restaurants in the United States.

          OpenTable - 2011 Top 100 Restaurants in the USA.

          OpenTable - 2010 Top 50 Best Restaurants in the United States.

          Chicago Tribune Travel / Zagat - World's Top Restaurants, Fourth Edition - (Top 23 Restaurants)          

          USA Today Travel / Zagat 2012 - Top 30 Restaurants in America.

          Gayot Top 10 Heart-Healthy Restaurants in the United States 2010 - #1 (TIE).

          Travel + Leisure - Best Sushi Restaurants in the U.S.

          Food & Wine - The People's Best New Chef 2012 Nominee.

Awarded for State of Florida:

          Fodor's Choice Award 2012 & 2013.

          Frommer's Florida 2011 3/3 Stars.

          Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award 2010, 2011 & 2012.

          Florida Trend Best Newcomers 2009.

Awarded for South Florida:

          Frommer's South Florida 2011 Best Sushi.

          OpenTable Diners' Choice - Best Overall Restaurants - #1 rating for Southeast Florida 11/2009 and multiple months thereafter.

          OpenTable Diners' Choice - Best Food Restaurants - #1 rating for Southeast Florida 11/2009 and multiple months thereafter.

          OpenTable Diners' Choice - Best Service Restaurants - #1 rating for Southeast Florida 2/2010 and multiple months thereafter.

          OpenTable Diners' Choice - Fit For Foodies Restaurants - #1 rating for Southeast Florida 9/2009 and multiple months thereafter.

          Gayot Top 10 Japanese Restaurants in Miami / South Florida 2010 - #1.

          Gayot Top 10 Late Night Restaurants in Miami / South Florida 2010 - #1.

          Gayot Best Value Restaurants in Miami / South Florida 2010 - #1.

          Gayot Miami/South Florida Hot 10 - 2010.

          Gayot TWO TOQUES 1/2010.

          City & Shore Magazine Top 10 New Restaurants of 2009. 

Awarded for Miami:

          Zagat Survey 2013 - 29/30 Food - 28/30 Service.

          Zagat Survey 2013 - Top Food Ranking - #1.

          Zagat Survey 2013 - Top Service Ranking - #1.

          Zagat Survey 2012 - 29/30 Food - 28/30 Service.

          Zagat Survey 2012 - Top Food Ranking - #1.

          Zagat Survey 2012 - Top Service Ranking - #1.

          Miami New Times - Best of Miami 2010 - Best Japanese Restaurant.

          Miami Herald 2009 - 3.5/4 Stars.

          OpenTable Diners' Choice - Best Overall Restaurants - #1 rating for Miami-Dade County 7/2009 and multiple months thereafter.

          OpenTable Diners' Choice - Best Food Restaurants - #1 rating for Miami-Dade County 7/2009 and multiple months thereafter.

          OpenTable Diners' Choice - Best Service Restaurants - #1 rating for Miami-Dade County 8/2009 and multiple months thereafter.

          OpenTable Diners' Choice - Fit For Foodies Restaurants - #1 rating for Miami-Dade County 7/2009 and multiple months thereafter.

          OpenTable Diners' Choice - Special Occasion Restaurants - #2 rating for Miami-Dade County 4/2010 and 9/2011.

          yelp Miami Restaurants - Highest Rated - #1 - 1/10/2010 to present.

          yelp Miami Japanese Restaurants - Highest Rated - #1 - 10/10/2009 to present.

          yelp Miami Sushi - Highest Rated #1 - 10/10/2009 to present.

          Gayot Best Heart-Healthy Restaurants Miami 2010 - #1 (TIE).

          NBC Miami Feast Rank - Top Ranked #1 restaurant in Miami 4/2010.

          TripAdvisor - #1 restaurant in Sunny Isles Beach, FL - 9/25/2011 (until closed for relocation).

Softly opened NAOE® on 3/19/2009.

Participated in the 2007 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival as a Grand Tasting Restaurant for NAOE®.

Provides consulting services for high end establishments.

Created NAOE® / Kamakura Inc.'s HTML website. (Flash website coming soon.)

Created, planned and designed all intellectual property for NAOE® sauces and restaurant services.

 

2000 - 2005
SIAM RIVER

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL

Executive Sushi Chef

Received the City of Miami's Certificate of Appreciation to pay tribute for creative involvement in promoting social and cultural exchanges between the peoples of Kagoshima and Miami. Presented by Mayor, Manuel A. Diaz and Commission Chair, Joe Sanchez on 12/9/2005.

Participated in the Consulate General of Japan in Miami's 2005 Kagoshima Festival for a cooking demonstration of Kaiseki Ryori.

Awarded The Miami New Times Best of Miami 2005 Best Sushi.

Participated in The 2005 South Beach Wine & Food Festival as a Grand Tasting Restaurant.

Awarded The Miami New Times Best of Miami 2004 Best Sushi.

Awarded The Miami New Times Best of Miami 2004 Personal Best of Finest Foods.

Nominated in The 2004 South Beach Wine & Food Festival's First Annual Award Ceremony for "Best Local Restaurant" (1 of 4).

Created Siam River's website.

Created an all fresh dated daily Sushi A La Carte menu with signature dishes and 8 sake categories in 2002.

 

1999
KAWAI RYOKAN

TOYAMA, JAPAN

Chef

Received Kaiseki Ryori training from 45 years experienced Executive Chef and Uncle, Yasushi Naoe.

 

1998

KASE CATERING COMPANY

MIAMI, FL

General Manager / Owner

Created bento box lunch catering service for 30 Japanese companies near Miami International Airport.

 

1996 - 1999
(The 1st) SUSHI SIAM
(The 2nd) SUSHI SIAM, FOUR AMBASSADORS

NORTH BAY VILLAGE, FL
MIAMI, FL

Executive Sushi Chef

Recognized as “One of the Top 5 Most Successful Restaurant Chains in Miami” by Florida International University.

 

1995
RED MEDITERASIAN (1st Floor) /
CHAISE LOUNGE (3rd Floor)

MANHATTAN, NY

Floor Manager

Attended the Sommelier Society of America, the nation's oldest wine teaching organization.

Frequently observed New York City's finest and successful restaurant scenes.

Moved to Manhattan, NY to experience the Big Apple and self-study hospitality.

 

1995
SUSHI HANA

MIAMI BEACH, FL

Sushi Chef

Awarded The Miami New Times Best of Miami / Best Japanese Restaurant.

 

1994
AKASHI

SOUTH MIAMI, FL

Shared Head Sushi Chef position with owner, Larry Chi.

Awarded The Miami New Times Best of Miami / Best Japanese Restaurant.

 

1993
SUSHI ROCK CAFE

MIAMI BEACH, FL

Sushi Chef

Awarded The Miami New Times Best of Miami / Best Japanese Restaurant.

 

1993
KAMON, FOUNTAINBLEAU HILTON

MIAMI BEACH, FL

Assistant Sushi Chef

Received Japanese Cuisine training from Executive Chef, Nobuo Kase.

 

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2007 - Present
THE MORIKAMI MUSEUM AND JAPANESE GARDENS

DELRAY BEACH, FL

Member and Sado Omote Senke Student

 

1993, 2001, 2006

FLORIDA and NATIONAL
CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL FOOD MANAGER

FL and USA

 

 

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