Chris Shepherd calls Manabu “Hori” Horiuchi, executive chef of Kata Robata, “a guiding light for Japanese cuisine,” and he’s looking forward to welcoming him to the Underbelly kitchen on Wednesday, November 11.
Chris spent a week in Tokyo earlier this year, cooking with a former Brennan’s colleague at the Grand Hyatt, but he had plenty of time to sample the city’s incredible cuisine.
“We didn’t have a lot of free time in Tokyo, so we took advantage of our two free nights and had omakase for back-to-back dinners,” said Chris. “Watching the sushi chefs’ knife skills and how delicately they handled the fish reminded me of Hori. To this day, I’ve never seen anyone handle fish with more honor and integrity.”
This dinner is a “reverse Umami dinner” years in the making. In 2012, Chris joined Hori at Kata Robata for a special Umami dinner that explored and highlighted each chef's unique style, creativity and passion for local ingredients. Hori is looking forward to joining Chris in the Underbelly kitchen to create another one-of-a-kind experience.
The eight-course Japanese-inspired dinner with wine, beer and sake pairings is $200 per person, plus tax and gratuity.