Chef Yuhi Fujinaga appointed as executive chef

A proud graduate of Kapi‘olani Community College, Chef Yuhi Fujinaga will be overseeing the day-to-day culinary operations as executive chef of Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s first-ever Pan-Asian restaurant.

Known for his modern cooking style, Chef Yuhi draws inspiration from his Japanese heritage and upbringing in Hawai‘i, where he learned to cook from his grandmother. From her, he learned that the quality of the ingredients is as important as the technique used to prepare them. Over the years, he has developed techniques that keep the food simple, yet full of flavor.

Morimoto Asia is Chef Morimoto’s newest and first Pan-Asian style restaurant. The menu is an eclectic take on some of Chef Morimoto’s favorite Asian flavors including L.A. BBQ kalbi ribs, pad Thai, Peking duck, Chinese-inspired sticky ribs, sweet-and-sour whole fried fish and Singapore laksa noodles. Chinese dim sum includes items such as dumplings, shumai, shrimp har-gao and grilled chicken bao.

The restaurant also includes an intimate 14-seat sushi bar offering unique ocean seasonal specialties from Japan and around the world. A variety of specialty sushi rolls, sushi platters and seafood towers featuring highlights from the raw bar are also offered to guests not seated at the sushi bar.

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