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History and Achievements of Hidekazu Tojo



Restaurant Career


1950 February 8    Born in Kagoshima in southern Japan


1968                           Moves to Osaka to become a chef


1968 – 1971            Ohnoya, famed Ryotei or classic Japanese fine dining

         Humble start as an apprentice and quickly moves up the ranks


1971                          Chef at Sanko Sushi in Osaka


1971 August            Arrives in Vancouver


1971 – 1974            Chef at Maneki in Vancouver


1974 – 1987            Chef at Jinya in Vancouver, Jinya closes in July 1987


1987 – 1988            Chef at Soft Rock Café in Vancouver


1988 October 6      Opens Tojo’s Restaurant at 777 West Broadway


2007 January 8      Moves to 1133 West Broadway



Achievements



Publications


1000 Places to See Before You Die – in the USA and Canada, P. Shultz, 2007


The Search for Sushi, C. Chu, 2006


1000 Places to See Before You Die – global, P. Shultz, 2003

…head for the coveted sushi counter, where the beaming and energetic Tojo performs his magic with the precision of a surgeon and the faintest Vegas swagger


World – The Luxury Lifestyle Magazine – New Zealand Edition, 2006

This Tojo is a true sushi master


Vancouver Fashion, March 2003

It’s no wonder every celebrity, food editor and politician who passes through town  stops by chef/proprietor Hidekazu Tojo’s terrific, award-winning spot


For Worth, Texas, October 2001

Sesame-coated local tuna bites melted in my mouth like butter and lightly smoked sable fish in a Japanese pumpkin broth was rich with flavour


Coastal Living, July – August 2000

‘He’s a master of Asian with local ingredients’, John Bishop of Bishop’s


Gourmet – the magazine of good living, October 1999

Supremely fresh fish


Food Arts, May 1999

Artful arrangements of intently procured ingredients are also hallmarks of Hidekazu Tojo


Wingspan, November 1996

‘I can take the same tuna and prepare it 100 different ways’, Tojo


The Washington Post, 1998

…Tojo’s, a Japanese restaurant where dining is grander and more enticing than a geisha’s dance


Katei Gaho, August 1989

東條氏は、実は日本でも良く知られているカリフォルニアロール、そしてBCロールの生みの親

Tojo is the inventor of California roll and BC roll well known even in Japan



Works and Awards


British Columbia Restaurants Hall of Fame, 2006


Vancouver Magazine’s best Japanese Award, each year from 1988


Fairmont Dubai Grand Opening, March 2006 – Guest chef in ‘Tojo on One’


Zagat Extraordinary Award, 2007


Western Canada Culinary Promotion in L.A. 2006 – guest chef


Martha Stewart cooking show, 2004 – taught Martha how to make sushi


Sea into the Future – chefs unite for sustainability, Seattle 2004 - guest chef


Japanese Agricultural Ministry Commission of Japanese Rice, New York 2002


Pacific Serenade – New York Chamber Symphony 2001 - guest chef


Northwest Best Places


Where to Eat in Canada