Yoshi MigitaKatsuya South Beach
John “Yoshi” Migita began his culinary career in his hometown of Solana Beach, CA, a suburb of San Diego, where part time jobs quickly turned to passions, before moving east to continue his education at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.
After graduation Migita moved to Philadelphia where he worked at Iron Chef Morimoto’s flagship restaurant in partnership with Stephen Starr and later under James Beard Award-winning chefs Marc Vetri and Jeffrey Michaud at their celebrated Italian restaurant, Osteria.
Before long he was approached to re-join Starr Restaurants at Okuwa’s eponymous restaurant in Bal Harbour. In 2012 Migita relocated to South Florida as Head Sushi Chef at Makoto. There he remained for two years working side-by-side with talented chefs including Makoto and Phuket “Cake” Thongsodchareondee before he decided to return to the kitchen and accepted a position as Executive Sous Chef at Katsuya in the SLS Hotel, South Beach.
In 2016 Migita was promoted to Chef de Cuisine overseeing the kitchen and sushi bar at Katsuya along with the menu at Hyde Beach.
When not hard at work “Chef Yoshi” enjoys fishing, collecting cookbooks and whiskey, and hitting the beach with friends and family. He lives in Miami Beach with wife, Shannon and their Jack Russell Terrier, Wasabi.