Ritsuo Tsuchida (Ritsu) is the co-owner and the Executive Chef of Blowfish Sushi to Die For - which opened the original location in the Mission district of San Francisco in 1996. Chef Ritsu comes from a long line of chefs and his family takes great pride in being apart of the restaurant industry in Tokyo over several generations. He received a traditional training by a renowned Sushi Master in Tokyo before immigrating to Bay Area. Chef Ritsu’s remarkable and innovative dishes and his food artistry quickly gained popularity in San Francisco and he expanded Blowfish to Hollywood, New Zealand, and San Jose. His talent was recognized by the prestigious James Beard Foundations and was invited to present his culinary skills at their San Francisco event in 2005. Chef Ritsu has worked all over the world as a guest chef alongside celebrity European chefs and continues to explore his unlimited palates and creativities.