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From Los Angeles to New York: Behind the Scenes at KYU

From Los Angeles to New York: Behind the Scenes at KYU

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If you’re on a quest to discover a culinary adventure like no other, look no further than KYU restaurants. With extensive global travels and expertise in the art of interpretive Asian cooking, KYU offers its patrons a world of unforgettable flavors, textures, and aromas. “KYU’s character comes from its distinctive fusion of American BBQ and Asian influences,” Christopher Arellanes, Corporate Executive Chef at KYU, told us. “However, what truly elevates the overall experience at KYU is the culinary team’s creativity and the subtle incorporation of French techniques.”

Lunch at KYU (Courtesy KYU)
Lunch at KYU (Courtesy KYU)

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Behind the doors of its open kitchens, you’ll witness a vibrant display of culinary craftsmanship—from the sizzling and smoky aroma of meats grilled to perfection to the stunning and unique blends of bold spices that infuse every dish. “At our restaurant, cooking is an expression of our passion. We strive to create dishes that ignite our inspiration, combining uniqueness with a sense of familiarity,” Arellanes explained. “To achieve this, we engage in an extensive research and development process involving each of our chefs. I provide creative guidance and inspiration while the chefs take my ideas and thoughts and bring their own interpretations to life. It’s a collaborative and dynamic process that encourages everyone’s participation, fostering a sense of ownership and continuously evolving creativity. This not only benefits the individual chefs in their personal growth but also contributes to the overall progress of our culinary team.”

Cocktail Lineup at KYU (Courtesy KYU)
Cocktail Lineup at KYU (Courtesy KYU)

Arellanes brings an extensive culinary background to the table. “My past experiences, particularly at Eleven Madison Park and Per Se, have significantly influenced decisions regarding the restaurant’s approach to hospitality and service. At KYU, we prioritize creating a truly memorable dining experience through a combination of exceptional food and impeccable hospitality. Instead of treating service as a mere transaction, we strive to make each visit personal, ensuring that our guests feel cared for and valued. These values and principles were ingrained in me during my time at those esteemed establishments, where attention to detail and the pursuit of excellence are not just principles but a way of life. As a result, my culinary creations at KYU reflect these values, ultimately leading to an unforgettable dining experience for our guests.”

With award-winning locations in lively hotspots like Miami, New York, and Mexico City, KYU’s journey is only getting started. With upcoming expansions arriving in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and London, it’s clear that KYU’s patrons are in for an extraordinary experience filled with extraordinary flavors. “At KYU, we strive to create a memorable dining experience for our guests: comforting and totally personalized,” Arellanes said of the guest experience. “We want guests to feel completely at ease as if they were dining in the comfort of their own homes – to enjoy a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere that fosters a sense of belonging and contentment. We place great importance on providing attentive service to our guests, making sure they feel genuinely taken care of.”

Brunch at KYU (Courtesy KYU)
Brunch at KYU (Courtesy KYU)
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