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Kumiko Takanashi

Biography

Kumiko Takanashi was born and raised in Japan. When first moving to New York City, she worked for a Japanese Bank. Over time, her passion for food won out and Kumiko went to study at the French Culinary Institute. Once she graduated, Kumiko started working for Jeffrey Zakarian at Country. Following that, she worked for Gabriel Kreuther at the Modern and Andrew Carmellini at Locande Verde. She then held positions at Lafayette and Bar Primi before coming to Bowery Road at the Hyatt Hotel in Union Square.

Kumiko Takanashi was born and raised in Japan. When first moving to New York City, she worked for a Japanese Bank. Over time, her passion for food won out and Kumiko went to study at the French Culinary Institute. Once she graduated, Kumiko started working for Jeffrey Zakarian at Country. Following that, she worked for Gabriel Kreuther at the Modern and Andrew Carmellini at Locande Verde. She then held positions at Lafayette and Bar Primi before coming to Bowery Road at the Hyatt Hotel in Union Square.

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What is your favorite NYC restaurant? And what is your go-to dish? This is such a tough question! Kumiko recently visited Simon & the Whale and really enjoyed her experience there. If she had to choose, her favorite restaurant would be Sakagura, a Japanese restaurant serving small plates and a deep sake list in a blond-wood izakaya hidden beneath an office building in Midtown. Her go to dish would be the Soba Noodles on the menu. What is your ultimate meal? Kumiko's ultimate meal would have to sashimi fish, specifically Toro! What three things are always in your pantry? Cheese (parmesan/cheddar), eggs, and sushi rice. If you weren't a chef, what would you be? A photographer. If you could cook with anyone, who would that be? She would always choose to cook with her mom because they never fight. What’s your favorite NYCWFF memory? Kumiko's favorite NYCWFF memory was when she attended the Meatball Bash with Locande Verde (years ago) and they won!