Julian Valencia has spent over 15 years learning and perfecting the art of cooking Japanese food. Born in Colombia, he emigrated to the United States, at age 15, since then New York had been his home. After graduating from high school he started working at a Japanese restaurant in the west village ( Aki on West 4th) where he initiated his fascination of the flavors, ingredients and techniques of Japanese cooking. He then spent his time immersing himself in the culture and history of Japan and working in many restaurants in New York City, where he learned traditional to modern Japanese cuisine. His style is unique his food is a representation of the cultural diversity found in America his love for food and the respect for each ingredient shows in his dishes. His philosophy is that cooking well requires more than a good recipe, but the desire to offer your customers with the best, just like our moms do at home.