Katsuji Tanabe always knew he wanted to be a chef; however, he had no idea he’d end up a kosher, celebrity chef.
After working his way up in restaurants around Los Angeles, Tanabe was hired as the head chef at Shiloh’s Kosher Steakhouse. This position demanded him to get creative with his dishes, and this challenge resulted in unique, delicious, original menus.
The skills he developed in the kitchen were soon put to the test in front of the camera, as Tanabe became a Chopped champion, a regular on NBC’s Food Fighters, and a contestant on Season 12 of Bravo’s Top Chef. Off-camera, Tanabe focused on opening Mexikosher, one of the most popular Kosher restaurants in the United States.
In Mexikosher, Tanabe presents many dishes from his restaurant, as well as original appetizers, soups, mains, sides, and desserts inspired by Mexican tradition that are 100 percent kosher. These include apricot and habanero glazed chicken wings, roasted chestnut and chipotle stew, empanadas, pequito peppers stuffed with spicy tuna tartare, chorizo and duck cassulet with fava beans, gorditas de carno, Mexico City fish tacos, and more.
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Katsuji Tanabe is a Le Cordon Bleu–trained chef who has worked in some of the most prestigious restaurants in Los Angeles. He is now co-owner of MexiKosher, a Mexican Kosher restaurant in Los Angeles. His first television appearance was in 2004 on PBS’s Cooking Under Fire, and since then he’s won Chopped on Food Network and was voted fan favorite for the twelfth season of Top Chef. He resides in Los Angeles, California.
Salma Hayek is a Mexican and American film actress, director, and producer. She is best known for her roles in Frida, Ugly Betty, and 30 Rock.
“I would say to anyone visiting L.A. who requires a kosher diet that Mexikosher is an absolute must visit, right up there on the vacation itinerary with Disneyland and the Hollywood sign.” ―Rabbi Rabbs, comedian
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