Mitsunori Kusakabe (Nori)
C.E.O. / Chef, Sun Gathering International LLC
Born in Kyoto, Japan in 1970, Mitsunori Kusakabe has worked at prestigious restaurants in major cities including Kyoto where he learned and traditional “kaiseki” preparations and classic sushi techniques. He made his mark as a chef at Nobu Tokyo, followed by positions as a chef at Nobu New York and then the executive chef at Nobu Miami Beach.
After Nobu Miami Beach, Mitsunori moved to San Francisco to be the executive chef at Sushi Ran, which received Michelin stars both in 2006 and 2007 and was consistently in the top 10 Bay Area restaurants as rated by Zagat’s readers.
In 2008, Mitsunori was the grand winner of Eat Japan-World Sushi Awards in London (aka the Oscars of the Sushi World) and acknowledged as the US Sushi Technical Champion. Mitsunori worked at Sushi Ran until 2013 when he acquired a restaurant in downtown San Francisco, renovated it, and in the spring of 2014, opened KUSAKABE. At KUSAKABE, guests enjoy the mix of Mitsunori’s expertise in kaiseki cuisine, authentic Edomae sushi techniques and the other cooking skills that Mitsunori has acquired in his culinary journeys, including his expertise as a certified blowfish butcher.