Sashimi Salad with Matsuhisa soy sauce dressing, Yellow Tail Sashimi with Jalapenos, Squid Pasta with light garlic sauce, and Black Cod in Miso are some of the imaginative dishes that led Food & Wine Magazine to name Nobuyuki Matsuhisa one of America's "10 Best New Chefs" for 1989.
Born and raised in Japan, Matsuhisa apprenticed in the sushi bars of Tokyo before he ventured overseas to Lima, Peru. Classically trained, Matsuhisa was challenged by the culture and regional ingredients that contributed to inventive style. Thereafter, he continued to Buenos Aires, Argentina, then back to Japan, Alaska and finally, Los Angeles where he opened his restaurant in 1987.
In 1998, Los Angeles Times Magazine included him among Southern California's rising stars, while in 1993, New York Times chose Matsuhisa as one of the Top 10 restaurant destinations of the world. In 1994, New York City saw the opening of Nobu in partnership with actor Robert DeNiro. His restaurant in New York City became "The Best New Restaurant". By The James Beard Foundation in 1995.