THE LIGHT GROUP ANNOUNCES AKIRA BACK AS EXECUTIVE CHEF AT KUMI AT MANDALAY BAY
Following the continued success of their first collaboration, Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at the Bellagio, The Light Group continues their partnership with renowned Executive Chef Akira Back on its latest avant-garde eatery, Kumi by Akira Back at Mandalay Bay. Kumi features Chef Akira Back’s world famous cuisine – a modern Japanese menu with a Korean American twist.
“We are excited to work with Chef Akira Back for our second Japanese restaurant in Las Vegas. Just as we did with Yellowtail at Bellagio, we will together elevate the dining scene at Mandalay Bay,” said Andy Masi, CEO of The Light Group. “Chef Akira Back is a world renowned award winning chef who’s culinary creations continue to impress even the most discerning diners.”
Born in Korea and raised in Colorado, Chef Akira Back has been named “Rising Star” by Restaurant Hospitality and “Best Chef in Las Vegas” by Las Vegas Weekly. The professional snowboarder- turned- chef has worked with top celebrity chefs including Masaharu Morimoto and Nobu Matsuhisa.
Kumi is an inviting and engaging venue, featuring modern twists on authentic Japanese design. Kumi’s 10,000 square feet of space offers various dining areas with seating for up to 300 people. The anchor of the dining room is Kumi’s sushi bar, featuring glazed cobalt blue tiles in a scalloped pattern inspired by common Japanese homes. Adjacent to the sushi bar, a back rotunda with walls painted with giant interpretations of cherry blossom trees.