On Saturday night in an event full of glitz and glamour, Nobu Matsuhisa put aside his chef whites and donned a rarely worn suit to attend the SBWFF Tribute Dinner in his honor. Also being honored that night was Christophe Navarre, CEO of Moët Hennessy. Martha Stewart, long time friend and supporter of Nobu, was there to host this special evening, and other chef greats like Daniel Boulud were present offering their support.
Nobu said that he was truly touched to be honored at such a prestigious event, and so proud of what he had managed to achieve over the years. Nobu started his career at 18 as a dishwasher in Tokyo and now, at over 60 years of age, he has created one of the most successful luxury restaurant brands in the world, not to mention creating the first Nobu Hotel that opened this year in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.
Nobu said he thinks of his staff as his family, and that is what gives him the most pleasure now -- helping the people around him grow and achieve their own goals.
Nobu ended the evening with a few words, “Thank you is a short word. But I would like to thank you from my heart.”
Well deserved, Nobu, and congratulations!