Chef Nozawa

A legendary master sushi chef and President of Sushi Nozawa, LLC, Kazunori Nozawa lends his 45 years of experience as a sushi chef to nearly every aspect of KazuNori, SUGARFISH, and the Nozawa Bar. One of his chief responsibilities, however, is to procure the highest quality fish, leveraging his long-standing relationships with fishmongers worldwide to ensure that we serve only the very best seafood to our customers.

Chef Nozawa is best known for his namesake restaurant, Sushi Nozawa, where he presided behind the sushi bar for 25 years, serving simple, traditional sushi of the utmost quality. Since it opened in 1987, the restaurant received rave reviews, consistently placing in the top tier of the Zagat Guide’s overall food ratings and winning its best Japanese and best sushi categories, while also garnering a dedicated and enthusiastic following among Nozawa’s customers. Nozawa closed the restaurant on February 2012, which according to the NY Times, marked “most assuredly the end of an era, the departure of a chef whose advocacy of traditional Japanese sushi… swept across sushi restaurants throughout California.”

Nozawa’s passion and focus on authentic sushi are evident in everything we serve at KazuNori, SUGARFISH, and the Nozawa Bar: “Quality is the key to classic sushi; simple is always the best.”