Kevin Tanaka, Executive ChefA native of Waimanalo, Hawaii, Chef Tanaka oversees ANZU, Hotel Nikko San Francisco's signature restaurant renowned for its innovative contemporary Japanese cuisine. At a very young age, Chef Tanaka found a passion for food and cooking. His first teacher was his Popo (Chinese for grandmother) and learned all of her secrets—she didn't have recipes, so everything was done to taste. With over 14 years of professional cooking, Chef Kevin Tanaka has combined his roots and techniques with his passion resulting in unique culinary creations.
Chef Tanaka's career started at the Ritz Carlton where he worked under Chef Xavier Salomon for nine years honing his craft and working his way from an intern to the Chef de Cuisine of Navio, The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay's fine dining restaurant. Chef Tanaka then made the move to Executive Chef of The Loews Regency San Francisco, followed by the Forbes five star-rated St. Regis San Francisco.
Chef Tanaka commitment to sustainable sourcing and responsible business practice is deep-rooted. He enjoys going to the farms and picking fresh produce and herbs and then incorporating them into the menu. With an endless bounty of fresh and season ingredients, the Bay Area is the perfect fit for Chef Tanaka.