Wüsthof America

CHEF RICHIE NAKANO

SAN FRANSISCO, CA

For some, crafting the perfect bowl of ramen is much more than an art, it's an obsession. Meet Richie Nakano. Accomplished chef, business owner and someone who's defining the Edgë, in part because he’s living on it. With a wife and new baby on the way, Richie left behind a steady job at the heart of the recession in pursuit of an idea. You could argue this might be foolish, we say it's anything but. The desire to control one’s own destiny, to carve one’s own path and defy expectations, is a road few of us ever dare to travel.

RICHIE'S
BLADE OF
CHOICE

WÜSTHOF CLASSIC 3.5" Paring Knife

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RICHIE'S
REQUIRED READING

Essential Cuisine by Michel Bras "It was the first book that really opened my eyes to a different way of thinking about food."

RICHIE'S
ADVICE FOR
ASPIRING CHEFS

"I always tell young cooks to work where they’re inspired. They have to be prepared to sacrifice, to suffer. Pay dues. Learn the craft. Too many cooks these days want to create without knowing the basics. To become a great chef you must be patient, resilient and master the ability to communicate."