After leaving a career in finance in her native country of Japan, Kuniko Yagi was

discovered by Chef David Myers while working as a server at a Los Angeles

noodle shop.  Her enthusiasm for culinary culture not only got her invited to test

her aspirations in the Michelin star kitchen of Sona, but fueled her rapid rise from

the amuse station to Chef de Cuisine.


Kuniko went on to be Executive Chef of Myers, Comme Ca, an elevated French

Brasserie, which later opened its second location in Las Vegas at The



Most recently, she was the Excecutive Chef at Hinoki + the Bird in Century City

garnering awards, recognition and praise from critics and customers alike.


Kuniko has been recognized by Bon Appetit, Esquire, Los Angeles Magazine, LA

Times as a chef to watch and by Star Chefs as a Rising Star.


Her most recent endeavor is a small ramen shop in Downtown LA called, Tokyo

Strike (Spring 2016).  She is collaborating with David Irvin at Folklor.