Kuniko Yagi from "Top Chef: Seattle" is one of the chefs competing in season 10 of the Bravo reality cooking competition. She grew up in Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, and is now living in Los Angeles, California.

Kuniko Yagi is living the American Dream, and she came to food in a roundabout way. Unhappy working in finance in her native Japan, Kuniko picked up and moved to Los Angeles, getting a job as a server at a noodle house in Los Angeles. Here, she met Chef David Myers of the Michelin starred Sona, who, moved by Kuniko's passion and zeal, suggested she test her culinary aspirations in his kitchen. Not only did she rise to the challenge — an un-trained cook in one of the city's most famed kitchens — she blossomed. Five years later, she is Myers' protégé and most recently served as Executive Chef of his popular Los Angeles restaurant, Comme Ça. She will be opening his upcoming Los Angeles restaurant as Executive Chef in December 2012. In 2010, Kuniko was named StarChef.com's Rising Star.

Profession: Executive Chef, upcoming David Myers restaurant, Los Angeles, California
Culinary Education: Self-taught
Favorite Simple Winter Recipe: Nabemono in any style, a family-style hot pot dish in Japan




FACTS

Age: ∼39 years old
Hometown: Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan




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