ICBRKR EXTRAORDINAIRES: Meet Haru Kishi, Executive Chef of Summit Series
Welcome to our ICBRKR Extraordinaires Series, where we periodically highlight one extraordinary ICBRKR. Our community is our backbone, and we’re proud to be BRKing the mold with such a passionate and engaging group of people.⚡️
This week, we introduce you to Fellow Foodie, Urban Explorer and Fitness Buddy, Haru Kishi. As the Executive Chef for Summit, Haru’s mission is to create community through food. We couldn’t be more into this, so we had to spotlight him for our Extraordinaires! Find out what inspires Haru in our interview below, connect with him in the ICBRKR app, and look out for future ICBRKR x Summit partnerships in Tulum and around the world!
Hey Haru! Can you please tell us more about your work? How did you end up in the culinary business?
I am the Chef for Summit Series and cook and program the culinary for their events. I also do many events on the side all around the world. How did I get here? My mother opened a Japanese restaurant in Paris when I was 15 and pulled me out of school to open it with her. I have since worked in fine dining for Joel Robuchon in Tokyo and Gordon Ramsay in Tokyo, Paris and LA. I left the fine dining world and joined Summit in 2013.
Woah! Impressive! Clearly food and traveling go hand-in-hand for you. Can you share some thoughts about that?
Knowing about the food of a country, region or community is learning about culture. I was born and raised in Paris to Japanese parents and grew up with both cuisine and "manière de la table," or table manners. I have always been curious to know how others eat. I have lived in France, Japan, Spain and the US. My favorite kind of travel is where I get to cook with local chefs; this is one of the most honest ways to learn about a country. I was recently in Cuba and witnessed the challenges local chefs are facing. As talented chefs do, they always find a solution and provide nourishment with great hospitality.
Bouncing off of that, what is your favorite food, and favorite city?
This is a question I get asked a lot. As a chef, I have been cooking many different types of cuisine and used an incredible variety of ingredients. My answer to this question is that food without people is just food. What really makes the food stand out is watching the people sharing it and creating memories. My FAVORITE food is the one that brings people together, whether it is a simple piece of bread shared at the end of a long hike, or the extravagant mountaintop dinner cooked for a wedding where I can taste the intentions of the host and chef who provide the nourishment and hospitality.
My favorite city is LA. I mean, have you been to Erewhon in Venice???
OK, so you’re a Fabulous Foodie and Urban Explorer. What about your third ICBRKR badge? Art, Fitness, Music?
I like art but would not call myself an aficionado. That said, art is where I get a lot of inspiration!
I’m definitely a Fitness Buddy. I love any outdoor activities -- I live on a mountain -- and it's always fun to do a group workout whether indoors or outdoors.
What do you love most about ICBRKR?
I met the founder; she is Asian and absolutely amazing! As a fellow Asian, it gives me a sense of belonging. The community is all well-traveled people that have incredible stories to tell. If I am in search of inspiration, I will start there.
Last but not least, what is your guilty pleasure?
Caviar topped with 24K gold.
Ha! We should have known it would have to do with food. Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Haru! We can’t wait to enjoy your amazing creations at our future ICBRKR x Summit events.
Use ICBRKR to connect with Haru and other extraordinaires in LA, New York, London, and around the world. If you think you, or a fellow ICBRKR friend, make for the perfect feature, hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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