Best New Chef All-Stars 2013
Nobu Matsuhisa has changed how the world thinks about Japanese food. Rigorously trained in classical sushi-making techniques in Tokyo, he came up with his no-rules style while working in Peru, adding global flavors to raw and cooked dishes in a way that was radically inventive. Already presiding over 26 Nobu and Matsuhisa restaurants with business partners Robert De Niro, Drew Nieporent and Meir Teper, he recently launched the Nobu Hotel in Las Vegas (more locations are in the works). Here, he poses with two glowing sushi-rolling mats, graceful as wings.