EXECUTIVE CHEF/OWNER – NARA RESTAURANT
Since 2003, the Houston community has known Chef Donald Chang through his prominent Galleria/Uptown establishment, Uptown Sushi. In faith, Executive Chef and Owner Donald Chang opened Nara Sushi and Korean Kitchen in the Fall of 2013, with the primary purpose to serve and inspire. The innovative restaurant concept established itself by being the first Modern Korean restaurant in the City of Houston. The South Korean native Chef has been recognized for introducing his fusion of traditional and contemporary Korean cooking to fill an important missing piece to Houston’s diverse culinary scene. Guests of Nara Sushi and Korean Kitchen partake in an eclectic experience beyond the norm – Modern Korean.
The Chef’s first love for Korean cooking initially came from none other than his own mother, Kyong Ja Chang. Chang became educated in the art of Japanese cuisine under the guidance of his mentor of 17 years, Chef Shoi Ikeda. His education also came from studying Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Japanese fusion. Chang had the privilege to meet and trade recipes with the Master Chef before opening Uptown Sushi. With the inquired knowledge from each of these influential gurus, Chef Donald Chang presents Houston with a world class dining experience at Nara Sushi and Korean Kitchen.