Masaharu Morimoto was raised in Hiroshima and opened his first restaurant in Japan. After moving to the United States, he was executive chef at the highly acclaimed Nobu restaurant in New York City, then opened his namesake restaurant, Morimoto, in Philadelphia, which he later expanded to New York. Morimoto's restaurants now include Wasabi by Morimoto in Mumbai and New Delhi and Morimoto Sushi Bar in Boca Raton, Florida, as well as others in Napa, Mexico City, Maui, and Waikiki. Morimoto appeared on the Japanese television show Iron Chef and the Food Network's Iron Chef America. He is the author of Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking.