Chef Hide Yamamoto became the Chief Executive Chef of The Ritz Carlton in Washington D.C, where at the age of 28 years, he had the honor of serving for the Presidential Inauguration ceremony of three generations of Presidents: President Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush & Bill Clinton. He also served for various official banquets & parties organized by the First Lady, gaining popularity in the political world in America.
In 2005, Chef Yamamoto went back to Japan to be the Chief Executive Chef for the soon-to-be opened Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. Within a year, the hotel had acquired the world’s first officially certified “Six Stars” by the American Academy of Hospitality Science. Furthermore, the hotel had acquired one “Michelin Star” each for three of their restaurants; “Signature,” “Sense,” & “Tapas Molecular Bar,” which was by far, the only hotel in the world that acquired stars for three restaurants located within the same hotel.
In April 2010, he was awarded the “Global Chef Award” from the World Gourmet Summit – an annual epicurean festival that showcases the intricate craftsmanship of prestigious chefs.
Chef Hide Yamamoto does it masterfully, with the subtlety and knowledge that comes with experience, love, & a joy for sharing.
Chef Hiro Soma obtained his masters in culinary arts working at prestige Michelin-starred restaurants throughout Europe for 5 years. Upon his return to Japan, he joined three-Michelin-starred Enoteca Pinchiorri in Ginza, Tokyo and a few years later, moved to the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. It was here where he began to work at K’shiki Restaurant under the mentorship of Vintage Cave Head Director, Hide Yamamoto.
Within 4 years of training under Chef Yamamoto, he was appointed Chef de cuisine of “The Café by Aman” at the Aman Hotel Tokyo. Chef Soma’s culinary skills were truly showcased as he served classic French cuisine with carefully selected wine offerings to complement his dishes, ranging from galettes and traditional bistro cuisine to seasonal plates.
In June 2018, Chef Hiro Soma once again reunites with Hide Yamamoto in Hawaii, bringing his years of culinary expertise to become the next Executive Chef of Vintage Cave Club.