Executive Chef Japanese Cuisine
Chef Tadao Mikami has been cooking since he began working in his family’s business in Tokyo at the age of 14. He completed college and culinary school in Tokyo, and later worked as a chef in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka before coming to New York City in 1975 and opening several of his own restaurants. In 2008, Chef David Bouley asked him to join his staff, and Mikami worked for Bouley for six years before joining the Next Door team in 2014.
Chef Mikami loves to share his knowledge of Japanese cuisine through teaching others. His signature “East Meets West” five-course dinners with wine pairings are held regularly at Next Door. These dinners feature the freshest sustainably sourced ingredients and discussion of the cooking techniques used.
In addition to his work at Next Door, Chef Mikami develops new products for Wegmans, including our popular line of ready-to-cook entrees & sides.