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Shota Nakajima

Japanese-American Chef & Television Personality, Known for Competing on "Top Chef"

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Shota Nakajima Biography

Shota Nakajima is a Japanese-American chef and television personality, best known for competing on the eighteenth season of Top Chef in Portland, Oregon. Nakajima was born in Japan and raised in Seattle, Washington. At 18, he moved to Osaka to attend the Tsuji Culinary Arts School, one of the most prestigious culinary schools in Japan. There, he apprenticed with chef Yasuhiko Sakamoto.

In 2014, Nakajima opened a catering business, Kappo Kitchen and later Naka, a kaiseki restaurant, in June 2015. In February 2017, Naka Kaiseki was transformed as Adana. In March of 2020, Nakajima opened his restaurant Taku, an Osakan kushikatsu concept, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. While he was forced to close Adana and Taku during the COVID-19 pandemic, he reopened Taku in May of 2021 as a karaage restaurant.

Nakajima is a three-time James Beard Award semi-finalist, a 2018 Eater Young Guns winner, he has competed on Food Network's Iron Chef Gauntlet, and was one of three finalists on Top Chef Season 18. He was voted Fan Favorite of the show.

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  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Shota Nakajima?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Shota Nakajima for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Shota Nakajima for your next private or corporate function.
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Japanese-American Chef & Television Personality, Known for Competing on "Top Chef"

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Shota Nakajima Biography

Shota Nakajima is a Japanese-American chef and television personality, best known for competing on the eighteenth season of Top Chef in Portland, Oregon. Nakajima was born in Japan and raised in Seattle, Washington. At 18, he moved to Osaka to attend the Tsuji Culinary Arts School, one of the most prestigious culinary schools in Japan. There, he apprenticed with chef Yasuhiko Sakamoto.

In 2014, Nakajima opened a catering business, Kappo Kitchen and later Naka, a kaiseki restaurant, in June 2015. In February 2017, Naka Kaiseki was transformed as Adana. In March of 2020, Nakajima opened his restaurant Taku, an Osakan kushikatsu concept, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. While he was forced to close Adana and Taku during the COVID-19 pandemic, he reopened Taku in May of 2021 as a karaage restaurant.

Nakajima is a three-time James Beard Award semi-finalist, a 2018 Eater Young Guns winner, he has competed on Food Network's Iron Chef Gauntlet, and was one of three finalists on Top Chef Season 18. He was voted Fan Favorite of the show.

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  • How to book Shota Nakajima?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Shota Nakajima for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Shota Nakajima, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Shota Nakajima or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Shota Nakajima?

    Booking fees for Shota Nakajima, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Shota Nakajima, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Shota Nakajima?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Shota Nakajima for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Shota Nakajima for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Shota Nakajima or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Shota Nakajima or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Shota Nakajima is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Shota Nakajima for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Shota Nakajima generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Grant Achatz, Fabio Viviani, Eric Ripert, Alex Guarnaschelli and Tom Colicchio. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Shota Nakajima for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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