From Our Editors
Top Chef alum Katsuji Tanabe made a name for himself on the show, both for his quippy remarks and his innovative approach to food. The half-Japanese and half-Mexican cook grew up in Mexico City, where he fell in love with the flavors of Mexico and combined that with strictly kosher techniques. Tanabe himself does not keep kosher, nor is he even Jewish, but was introduced to the tradition at an early job and now likes that cooking kosher opens his food up to an even larger audience.
The first Mexikosher restaurant opened in LA in 2010. The casual fusion concept is unusual, but it has garnered attention, and is regularly cited among the top taco joints in the city—kosher or not.