2021 Denver Food + Wine Festival

Explore The CHEFS, BAKERS + beverage pros

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Born in Los Angeles, where the food is as diverse as the city’s culture, chef and visionary Jeff Osaka has always been fascinated by the restaurant industry and has garnered praise from critics and peers alike for his indelible contributions to the culinary world.

Throughout his 30 years of experience, Osaka has worked as an executive chef and restaurateur as well as a private consultant, been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award, and has catered for some of the most notable names in Hollywood, including Steven Spielberg.

In 2015, Chef Osaka opened Osaka Ramen, his interpretation of a traditional ramen shop, as well as Sushi-Rama, a conveyor-belt sushi concept, both located in the heart of the RiNo Arts District in Denver. In fall 2016, Osaka, alongside business partner Ken Wolf, introduced Denver Central Market and, later that year, Osaka brought back his critically acclaimed twelve concept with 12@Madison in Congress Park (which sadly shuttered in May 2020 in the midst of COVID-19).

Today, Sushi-Rama x Osaka Ramen has expanded, with locations in DTC, Lone Tree, Aurora, and inside Denver International Airport, with another location set to open in Broomfield, Colo. in the summer of 2022.

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