Yoshi Okai

Born and raised in Kyoto, Japan, Yoshi was introduced to the culinary world at a young age through his family’s catering company. In 1998, Yoshi landed in Austin after leaving landscaping school to dedicate time to his band, The Kodiaks. He was introduced to future collaborator and friend Paul Qui at Uchi and Uchiko, where Yoshi served as head sushi chef for six years. After a stint as head chef at East Side King, Yoshi joined Qui at his namesake restaurant in 2014. In 2015, Yoshi was named head chef of Otoko, the 12-seat Japanese restaurant located at South Congress Hotel. In 2017, Food & Wine named Yoshi among their annual Best New Chefs.