Born in Japan and an avid traveler, Chef Yasuo Asai discovered his love of the kitchen as a young man, travelling to New York at age 23 to expand his horizons, beginning as a kitchen assistant in a Japanese restaurant where he learned to put a western take on his cuisine of origin. His career led him to work in Japanese restaurants for the Hyatt hotel chain, first in Santiago, Chile, under the tutelage of Chef Oritza, and then in Brazil, before returning to Japan. But his love of travel soon had him on the move again, bringing his take on Japanese cuisine to Mexico City. He opened his first restaurant, Yoshimi (formerly known as “Benkay”) with an innovative Teppan grill menu. Now, Chef Yasuo has created a completely unique concept in Mexico with his latest venture, Asai Kaiseki Cuisine, serving authentic Kaiseki fare created with fresh, local Mexican ingredients.