Yuki NakandakariHave you try Peruvian gastronomy? Do you know What is Nikkei cuisine?
Washington, DC


Yuki Nakandakari is a prestigious Peruvian Chef, he has run such distinguished restaurants as 'Pisco' in Baltimore, 'Ocopa' in Washington DC and 'Chalaco's Ceviche & Pisco Bar' in Philadelphia. He is currently the Executive Chef/Owner at 'Ceviche Brothers' pop-up in the DMV area. Co-Host of the first Peruvian Talk-show in the USA “Loreando Entre Causas”. Contributor to influential newspapers such as 'Mundo Latino' of Baltimore, 'El Tiempo Latino' of Washington DC and 'El Comercio Newspaper' of the District of Columbia.

Yuki, of Japanese ancestry, was born in Peru and grew up between Lima and Arequipa. He started his professional career in Tokyo, Japan, where he studied and lived for 3 years in the early 90’s, absorbing old-school oriental techniques from the various places he worked at.

The knowledge gained during this period abroad coupled with his heritage is shown to his guests through his culinary creations. The ability to offer a modern Peruvian fare paired with regional Peruvian dishes (from Arequipa), and Nikkei cuisine (Peruvian/Japanese fusion), is what makes Yuki exceptional in his field.

Furthermore, he loves to interact with his guests throughout service; so don’t be surprised when you see him walking around the dining room, that’s another reason that makes our Executive Chef unique; in order for the Chef to grow, feedback from guests is crucial.

Winner of the 'Outstanding Professional of the Year' 2015 granted by the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Certificate of Congressional Recognition, United States House of Representatives, Certificate of Special Senate Recognition 2017 and recognition of the Commercial Office of Peru in NY 2017, 'Excellence Award' granted by Taste of Peru, and special guest of gastronomic fairs such as 'Peru Fusión' NJ, 'Taste of Peru' DC and 'Peru to the World Expo' NY Where it was distinguished in the list of 'Top Peruvian Chef' in the USA 2019'. Awarded as “Peruvian Chef Revelation of the year” with the Peruvian Award 2018 in NJ

He is an influential personality chef in the peruvian diaspora in the USA, always invited to TV programs such as “Sabor & Fusion” Canal SUR Network, “Noticias Ya” UNIVISION DC and “Noticias Mediodía” TELEMUNDO DC where he shares his recipes and experiences.

Chef Yuki has also put Ocopa Restaurant on the 1st Michelin guide in Washington D.C. for 2017, where the Michelin inspectors reviewed his creations with extreme pleasure and satisfaction.