Susumu Yonaguni is a Japanese chef, teacher, ceramist and restaurant owner. He started his culinary arts studies in England in the early 70's when he went to meet his youth hero, the Beatles. There, he took a job as a dishwasher in the kitchen of the Savoy and in the same kitchen, he became a chef. Subsequently, he moved to New York to work as a chef for 20 years and became the first Asian sous-chef in the city. Yonaguni is not only a great chef but also a great ceramist. As he considered presentation of food is equally as important as taste, he decided to learn how to make his own plates, dishes, bowls and flatware. He enrolled in a prominent ceramics school, Greenwich House Pottery, and that's where he met his Korean wife, Food Artist Oh Jeong-mi. Eventually, his wife's connections led the couple back to Korea and now, they have settled in Korea, training future chefs at their cooking school and restaurant OKitchen. Yonaguni has an elite team of kitchen staff from France, Italy, and Australia working under his guidance. 'My cooks, together with other cooks in Korea, are the future of Korea and they will transform the standing of Korea in global cuisine.' Yonaguni says. 'I'm operating OKitchen to show that guys like me, who is Japanese, can also contribute to Korea.'
On today's Heart to Heart, we've invited Chef, Ceramist and Restaurant Owner Susumu Yonaguni to hear all about his love affair with food.