Chef Shin Thompson of Niku X Joins the Fork Reporter

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Born from Japanese tradition, Niku X focuses on an innovative experience to the age-old ‘Yakiniku,’ a traditional Japanese grilling method. The modern Japanese restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, focuses on shokunin, or being the master of one. Artisanal produce and traditional Japanese-inspired craftsmanship create a seamless taste of tradition. Niku X is dedicated to serving its dishes ranch-to-table using curated, fresh ingredients. At the heart of Niku X is their highly coveted team of chefs.

Heavily influenced by his childhood in Yamaguchi, Japan, Shin’s specialty is honoring traditional Japanese cuisine with his curated menus, characterized by the use of excellent artisanal produce and “ranch-to-table” ingredients in a harmonious fusion with nouvelle cuisine techniques.

In 2012 Chef Shin opened Bonsoirée in Chicago, which earned its Michelin star during his time as executive chef and owner.

In 2014, Shin conceptualized Furious Spoon Ramen, which grew to seven locations by 2020. He has since received a multitude of accolades for his business and culinary successes, including the James Beard Foundation Award.

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