Over his thirty five year career, Takashi Yagihashi has been lauded from consumers and critics alike for his exquisite ways of melding contemporary French, Asian and American cuisine. Enhancing and updating the classic French with American and Japanese twists, the self-taught Yagihashi’s delicate balance and respect for natural flavors has become a hallmark of his cooking style. Yagihashi’s accolades include: 2000 Best New Chef by Food and Wine and "Best Chef Midwest" Winner by the esteemed James Beard Foundation in 2003. He has also competed on Top Chef Masters (where he was awarded “fan favorite”), Iron Chef, appeared on the Martha Stewart Show and Top Chef as a judge. Takashi also competed and became a finalist against former Top Chef and Top Chef Masters personalities in a new Bravo series Top Chef Duels.