David Bouhadana is recognized as one of the most innovative sushi chefs in New York City today. His story begins in Florida where, at the age of 18, he began waiting tables at Yokohama Sushi, a local spot in his hometown of Boca Raton. It wasn’t long before he found himself in the kitchen, and his unbridled passion for sushi...Read More
David Bouhadana is recognized as one of the most innovative sushi chefs in New York City today. His story begins in Florida where, at the age of 18, he began waiting tables at Yokohama Sushi, a local spot in his hometown of Boca Raton. It wasn’t long before he found himself in the kitchen, and his unbridled passion for sushi was discovered. Bouhadana trained incessantly, working incredibly hard to hone his skill and learn everything he could about the restaurant industry. By the end of the year, he had assumed the position of head chef.
Knowing there was more for him to learn, Bouhadana then spent his early 20s studying and perfecting his craft in Japan. He worked admittedly-exhausting 14 hour days under a rigid Japanese sushi master in a restaurant outside of Osaka, where he also taught himself the language. When he returned to the U.S., his next destination was New York City. Bouhadana landed at some of the best sushi restaurants in Manhattan, such as Morimoto, and designed his own menu at Sushi Uo before moving on to open the highly successful Sushi Dojo in the East Village. There, Bouhadana began developing his own omakase experience, pairing expertly- prepared sushi with a lively atmosphere and aesthetic.
Since then, Bouhadana has made a name for himself by recreating Japan’s authentic fast-casual omakase concept with his own signature style in New York. He was named one of the top chefs in the country under 30 by Zagat, and recently won a New York Emmy Award for his web series Shokunin: An Eater Series hosted by David Bouhadana. Above all, Bouhadana’s passion and energy make him a force to be reckoned with. By putting everything he has into everything he does, Bouhadana has been able to make his dreams a reality, constantly evolving the omakase experience and finding new ways to surprise his customers. His newest concept, Sushi by Boū,
brings everything he’s learned together in a vision that is completely his, and which is sure to impress.