Born in Korea and raised in Aspen, Colorado, Chef Akira Back brings a sense of adventure and boundless creativity to his culinary creations. From extreme sports athlete to award-winning chef, he has enticed the culinary world with his bold interpretations of Asian fare with American influence.
Chef Back studied at the International Culinary School at The Art Institute in Colorado. Combining his passions for adventure, travel and culinary exploration, he toured extensively throughout Japan and Europe, studying under top celebrity chefs, including Masaharu Morimoto and Brian Ngao.
Chef Back’s portfolio includes DOSA in Seoul Korea, where Chef Back was recently awarded a Michelin star as well as two restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip, the famed Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge by Akira Back at Bellagio Resort & Casino and Kumi Japanese Restaurant +Bar by Akira Back at Mandalay Bay. Additionally, Chef Akira Back has opened his namesake brand, Akira Back Restaurants in Toronto, Singapore, Bangkok, New Delhi and Jakarta with additional locations opening in Los Angeles, Dallas, Dubai, Hanoi, Seoul, and Bali.
For over two decades, Chef Back has enticed the culinary world with his bold interpretations of Asian fare with American influence. His restaurants embody classic cuisine continuously featuring innovative dishes that use the finest ingredients from the world’s top purveyors.