In 1999, Chef Kaz Okochi opened the doors to what turned out to be one of Washington, DC’s most coveted seats and exceptional Japanese dining experiences, KAZ Sushi Bistro. This April marks KAZ Sushi Bistro’s 20th anniversary milestone. This modern Japanese restaurant is Chef Kaz’s window into creativity, where he pushes boundaries, and creates some of the most authentic yet groundbreaking Japanese dishes ever imagined. Always on the "cutting edge," Chef Kaz works with Japanese, Western, and other international flavors to create what he calls "freestyle Japanese cuisine"—original presentations, often with a modern twist.
KAZ Sushi Bistro has won numerous awards include 2000 RAMMY New Restaurant of the Year Finalist, 2006 & 2012 RAMMY Chef of the Year Finalist, 2006 RAMMY Informal Dining Restaurant of the Year, Washingtonian Magazine Best 100.
Chef Kaz said, “We learned from each other. They learned about raw fish and Japanese cooking from me and I learned countlessly from them. It was really a life changing experience for me to not only cook with them, but to build lifelong friendships”.Kaz is a SSI certified sake adviser and the first chef to serve Japanese premium sake in the nation’s capital in 1992. Also he is the first to serve fugu (blow fish) in 2001. For more than 25 years, Kaz has been involved in many local charitable events as well as national and international food events and organizations. He is also a ten-year board member of RAMW (Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington) and a member of the prestigious U.S. State Department Culinary Diplomacy Partnership Initiative.