After majoring in Japanese language and literature at college, Ivan Orkin moved to Japan to teach English in the country he would one day call home. He then spent years in New York cooking everything except Japanese food. Stints at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill, Judson Grill, and Lutèce honed his understanding of hospitality, food, and cooking. Ivan made history as the only American to open a ramen shop in Japan. Its meteoric success was the springboard for Ivan to open two successful restaurants in NYC: Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop and Ivan Ramen. He is also the author of the acclaimed cookbook Ivan Ramen Love: Obsession and Recipes from Tokyo’s Most Unlikely Noodle Shop.
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