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Katsuji Tanabe from "Top Chef: Boston" is one of the chefs competing in season 12 of the Bravo reality cooking competition. He is the chef and owner of Mexikosher Restaurant in Los Angeles, California. He grew up though in Mexico City, Mexico. He received his culinary education from Le Cordon Bleu. His favorite recipes entail reworking complex, traditional recipes into Kosher cooking. For non-kosher dining, he particularly likes making whole pig roasts for gatherings of family and friends.
Katsuji Tanabe in "Top Chef 12: Boston"
Katsuji Tanabe Top Chef 12: Boston
and raised in the heart of Mexico, the son of a Japanese father and a Mexican mother, Katsuji Tanabe has worked inside LA's most acclaimed kitchens, from the four-star Bastide Restaurant to Beverly Hills' Mastro's Steakhouse. Tanabe recently celebrated the first anniversary of his own MexiKosher Restaurant, the first authentic Kosher Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles and arguably the first of its kind in the entire United States.  

Katsuji is proud to serve his community as a personal mentor and celebrity representative for Jewish Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Los Angeles, where he happily offers his time and expertise for fundraising and volunteer drives for the group, as well as regularly working alongside the children that the group supports, teaching healthy eating and cooking alternatives.

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Age: ∼35 years old
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA

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