From Professional Snowboarder to Michelin Star Award Winner
Acclaimed Chef Akira Back Is Unstoppable
The celebrity chef was awarded his first Michelin Star for highly acclaimed Seoul restaurant, DOSA
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 8, 2017) – The 2018 Michelin Guide Seoul announced this week that renowned Las Vegas Chef Akira Back was awarded one Michelin star for his innovative restaurant concept DOSA in Seoul, South Korea.
“To be recognized and awarded one Michelin Star is an amazing honor for me,” said Chef Akira Back. “And to be given such a prestigious honor in my hometown is truly an incredible achievement. Korean cuisine has constantly been my inspiration as I open restaurants around the world, so to receive this award here is very special.”
Chef Akira’s ride to the top has been anything but ordinary. Spending his early years as a professional snowboarder in Colorado, Back appeared in extreme sports movies and publications, before taking a turn in the kitchen. During this time, Back began working at local restaurants to supplement his income as an extreme sports athlete. After seven years on the pro-snowboarding circuit, Back realized that he felt the same thrill in the kitchen as he did on his board, shaping his decision to pursue a full-time culinary career.
A longtime native of Las Vegas, Chef Back has been delighting the city with his inventive cuisine for almost a decade as Executive Chef and Partner of the prestigious Hakkasan Group. His first restaurant, Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at Bellagio Resort & Casino has continuously exemplified the highest level of authentic Japanese cuisine, becoming one of the most renowned restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip. His second Las Vegas restaurant, Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar at Mandalay Bay, features Chef Back’s signature Korean-American twist on traditional Japanese dishes, which are inspired by his childhood and global travels.
Combining his passions for adventure, travel and culinary exploration, Chef Back Chef Back has since gone on to open new restaurant concepts globally, including his namesake brand Akira Back Restaurants in New Delhi, Jakarta, Singapore and Toronto with additional locations opening in Dallas, Dubai, Bangkok and Hanoi. His newest concepts include AB Steak in Jakarta and ABar in Singapore and Bangkok.
Follow Chef Akira’s adventures on Instagram at @chefakiraback
photo courtesy Hakkasan Group