Before becoming a world renowned chef, his dream was becoming the first Korean-born snowboard world champion. His greatest record as a Korean snowboarder was coming in 5thplace in the pipe jump category but he made a career change as a chef. He had many concerns along the way, but Akira Back became a top class chef with the words "First Korean," following his every title.
In 2004 he became the first Korean chef to become executive chef of Nobu and in 2008 the first Korean to appear on "Iron Chef America," a television cooking show competing against chef Bobby Flay. He is now an executive chef at the Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge in the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
He is a favorite chef among many celebrities and dignitaries such as Jay Z, Mariah Carey, Paris Hilton and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
“When it comes to taste, there are no borders or nationality. The same goes for cooking. People know me as a Japanese chef but this is not true. I use Korean pepper paste in my cooking which makes Japanese reporters curious about my background. I believe that it is the chef’s job to use spices that best express the ingredients’true taste.”
Akira Back works hard in the kitchen to create cuisine in his own unique style which is neither Japanese nor Korean. We reveal his dynamic world of cuisine.