2018 Talent

Tatsu Aikawa

Owner/Executive Chef, Ramen Tatsu-ya

Tokyo-born and Austin-bred, Tatsu spent most of his upbringing in restaurants. At a young age, he took a job as a dishwasher and continued on this trajectory working his way from line cook to sushi chef to executive chef. In 2011, he made a trek to LA to immerse himself in Japanese cuisine at the michelin rated kaiseki, Urasawa in Beverly Hills. In LA, Tatsu was able to reconnect with his Japanese roots by eating his way through the myriad of local ramen shops. This inspired him to perfect an original broth recipe, which spawned dreams of his own ramen-ya. In the spring of 2012, Tatsu returned to Austin to manifest his vision with the help of good friend and cohort, Takuya Matsumoto and younger brother, Shion Aikawa. (He’s also a founding member of the acclaimed local DJ crew Table Manners!)