Yuki Onishi, the founder of Tsuta, the world’s first ramen restaurant to earn a Michelin star, has died. He is 43 years old. – Photo: INSTAGRAM/tsutajapanofficial Yuki Onishi, the founder of Tsuta, the world’s first ramen restaurant to earn a Michelin star, has died. He is 43 years old.
Tsuta Global announced the news with an announcement on social media, which said, “The Tsuta Global family is deeply saddened by the passing of Yuki Onishi, our Global Chef and Executive Director.
Yuki Onishi is a meticulous and talented chef who founded the world’s first Michelin-starred ramen restaurant, Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta, increasing the popularity of this noodle dish across borders outside of Japan,” the statement said.
According to a 2019 article in the San Francisco Chronicle (Source: Tribune News Service), Onishi comes from a family of ramen cooks. He apprenticed for his father after high school, and while spending time abroad working in the fashion business, he grew to appreciate Japanese dishes rich in umami.
Especially the use of dashi a Japanese soup stock that forms the basis of many Japanese dishes. He eventually returned to his father’s ramen shop to work, and then opened his own shop, which focuses on premium ingredients and unique dashi which is a mixture of three separate broths of chicken, shellfish and fish, which he uses in his signature shoyu soup.
Onishi opened Tsuta’s first location, then named Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta, in 2012. It started as a small nine-seat shop in Tokyo, but four years later, it became the first ramen restaurant in the world to earn a Michelin star, launching a global chain of stores in countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Taiwan and the United States.