About the Chef
I was born and raised in Colorado, lived in Japan from age 14 to 20 years old, and my wife and I lived in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a little over 2 years. My mother was a polish and my father was an Italian. As you can see, all those aspects define my cooking style.
I like to take dishes you know very well, and re-imagine them into something that is very recognizable but different - to a new level. I love world cuisine and specialize in blending different cultures into my dishes.
My cooking experience comes mostly from the professional restaurant world, as I studied with some of the best chefs in Colorado. Here I am, to provide everything I know to you and your family. I’m so excited to serve you.
My cooking experience started from my own home, of course, from my mother. I ventured into the professional restaurant world at age 12 as a pizza cook at my uncle’s restaurant. From there, I went to a neighborhood restaurant in Denver, Colorado, worked as a bus boy, dishwasher, and prep cook.
Life took some funny turn and I had an opportunity to live in Osaka, Japan at age 14. That’s when my food adventure really kicked in. I started to try new foods that I never thought I’d try and/or like… I didn’t even know what those foods were!
It was not until I got back to Colorado at age 21, and got a job at Zenith Restaurant with chef Kevin Taylor. Little did I know that food was going to be my passion. Kevin helped me mold my food style by taking recognizable food and making it more elegant.
From there I used restaurants as my culinary school and studied with some of the best chefs in Colorado. Then, as fortune will have it, I was working with Kevin again and he recommended me as a personal chef to Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Hamilton where I worked for 2 years for them.
Interested in hiring Chef Aric for your party or dinner event?
Yukari views herself as the back of the house since Chef Aric is the front of the house. How funny, since chefs & kitchen teams are called “back of the house” in the restaurant industry, but here, they have switched roles.
She does everything to run the company smoothly so that Chef Aric can focus on his creations. You will still see her on your special day, helping Chef Aric as an assistant, and serving dishes to your table.
She loves cooking, especially Japanese Street Food reminding her of her home and where she came from (Osaka, Japan). She is also the main instructor for “Sushi Rolls Making Class”.