Masaharu Morimoto

Harlem EatUp! Festival :: Masaharu Morimoto, Momosan


Chef Masaharu Morimoto — known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America — has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients. Since 1998, Morimoto has competed on the Japanese television show, Iron Chef and also appears on Food Network’s Iron Chef America.

In 2001, Chef opened his first restaurant in Philadelphia, which was later followed by restaurants in New York, Napa, Honolulu, Boca Raton, Mumbai, New Delhi, Mexico City, Tokyo and Maui. Morimoto Asia Orlando at Disney Springs opened in 2015, followed by Momosan Ramen and Sake NYC and Morimoto Las Vegas at MGM Grand in 2016. Morimoto Asia Waikiki, Momosan Waikiki, Morimoto Dubai and Morimoto Doha opened in 2018, bringing his global restaurant count to 16. Chef will open his 17th restaurant, Momosan Seattle, this summer.

His first cookbook, Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking won two IACP awards and was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. His second cookbook, Mastering The Art of Japanese Cooking introduces readers to the healthy, flavorful, surprisingly simple dishes favored by Japanese home cooks.

Chef also has a variety of signature products including Miyabi Morimoto Edition knives, Morimoto instant ramen and miso soup, a line of beer in partnership with Rogue, signature wine Morimoto Cabernet Sauvignon by Mondavi and two lines of premium sake, including his convenient Easy Cup, a resealable on-the-go product perfect for parties and backyard BBQs .