Culinary veteran showcases new chef-in-residence program in little Tokyo


Chef Chris Ono brings his vast experience in fine dining (Providence, Eleven Madison Park, Mori Sushi) to the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) this summer as part of its inaugural Chef-in-Residence program. The Hansei residency, which begins in July and runs through the end of the year, promises to reflect Ono’s personal and culinary journeys as a native Angeleno, a fourth-generation Japanese American. and gourmet chef.

“Hansei, which means reflection, is something I’ve done throughout my career, especially at the beginning. It’s the act of accepting mistakes knowing that those mistakes are lessons and serve a purpose in the journey of self-improvement,” Ono told Eater in an email. “Being a fourth generation nikkeiI’m still searching for my identity as an individual and as a chef, which I’m grateful to explore through the kitchen right here in Little Tokyo.

The three-part Hansei Experience takes diners throughout the JACCC space, starting with appetizers in the center garden, larger dishes at the chef’s counter, and desserts in the lounge. For an overview of Ono’s expert cuisine, check out the JACCC’s Rising Chef Series to celebrate Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month on May 24-25. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Chef Chris Ono’s “LA Nikkei” ceviche combines Japanese and Mexican ingredients.
Catherine Frederick

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