Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Chase Kojima’s passion for food started at a young age. It started under the tutelage of his father, Sachio Kojima, a talented chef and owner of the renowned Kabuto Sushi Restaurant in San Francisco.

Before opening Sokyo in November 2011 at just 29, Chase led kitchens all over the world for the iconic Nobu restaurant group. After four years in Las Vegas working under Nobu Matsuhisa, he circled the Nobu globe working in Dubai, London and LA before finishing at Nobu Bahamas as executive chef.

Sokyo is one of Sydney’s premier Japanese-influenced fine dining restaurants, currently boasting one chef’s hat and ranking in Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants. In December 2014, Chase opened his second Australian restaurant, Kiyomi at The Star Gold Coast.  Chase is also set to open his third restaurant, Chuuka, in Sydney in 2019.