Yoshizumi Nagaya trained with Toshiro Kandagawa in Osaka, the grand master of traditional Japanese cuisine, and Takada Hasho in Gifu, who followed a rather innovative style of cooking.
Together with his wife Jun Nagaya, who now heads the service in the restaurant, and daughter Rina, he moved to Germany in 2000. First stop was the then famous, classic-style Edo in Düsseldorf. Then followed a period in Milan’s Nobu, part of the global celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s Japanese restaurant sensation, and a short stay at restaurant Kyoto in Dortmund.
In 2003, the couple opened restaurant Nagaya in Bilker Street in the city’s Old Town to combine the flavours and techniques of Asian and European cuisines in a unique style.
In 2009 he moved restaurant Nagaya to Klosterstraße, which is located in the middle of Düsseldorf’s Japanese district. At this time, Nagaya’s own unique style had already garnered a lot of attention internationally. Only a year later, his unusual combination of traditional Japanese purity and European haute cuisine was awarded a Michelin star and two Gault Millau toques.
- 1 Michelin star
- 17 Gault Millau points
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