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Katsuji Tanabe from "Top Chef: Charleston" is one of the chefs competing in season 14 of the Bravo reality cooking competition. He previously competed in Season 12, "Top Chef: Boston." He is the chef and owner of Mexikosher Restaurant in Los Angeles, California. He grew up though in Mexico City, Mexico. He received his culinary education from Le Cordon Bleu. His favorite recipes entail reworking complex, traditional recipes into Kosher cooking. For non-kosher dining, he particularly likes making whole pig roasts for gatherings of family and friends.

Born and raised in the heart of Mexico, the son of a Japanese father and a Mexican mother, Katsuji Tanabe has worked inside LA's most acclaimed kitchens, from the four-star Bastide Restaurant to Beverly Hills' Mastro's Steakhouse. Tanabe owns MexiKosher Restaurant, the first authentic Kosher Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles and arguably the first of its kind in the entire United States. He recently expanded Mexikosher to the Upper West Side of New York City and soon plans to open Baranda in Los Angeles, a more upscale dining experience, named after his daughters Barbara and Miranda. 

Tanabe is proud to serve his community as a personal mentor and celebrity representative for Jewish Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Los Angeles, where he happily offers his time and expertise for fundraising and volunteer drives for the group, as well as regularly working alongside the children that the group supports teaching healthy eating and cooking alternatives. 

After competing on "Top Chef" season 12 in Boston and "Top Chef Mexico," Tanabe admits he's addicted to the rush of the competition and is eager to prove he has what it takes to bring home the title.




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Age: ∼35 years old
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA


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  'Top Chef: Charleston' Reveals 8 Returning Chefs — Premiering Thursday, December 1, the fourteenth season of the Bravo culinary competition series will bring back veterans Sam Talbot, Casey Thompson, Amanda Baumgarten, Brooke Williamson, Sheldon Simeon, John Tesar, Shirley Chung and Katsuji Tanabe. Read more...
  'Top Chef: Boston' Contestants Revealed — Premiering Wednesday, October 15, the wicked-awesome twelfth season of the Bravo reality competition series features some of the franchise's "hungriest" chefs battling it out against the backdrop of Bean Town's flourishing culinary scene. Read more...


  'Top Chef' Heads to Charleston for Battle of Old Versus New — Premiering Thursday, December 1, the fourteenth season of the Bravo culinary competition series will see eight acclaimed chefs from across the country unpack their knives alongside eight chefs from seasons past, who have never won the prestigious title and are back for redemption. Read more...
  'Top Chef 13' Returns to Its Roots in California — Premiering Wednesday, December 2, the new season of the Bravo culinary competition series travels to Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the Greater Palm Springs area. Read more...
  2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations — "Game of Thrones," "Better Call Saul," "Downton Abbey," "Homeland," "House of Cards," "Mad Men" and "Orange Is the New Black" will duke it out for the top drama prize. Read more...
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