West meets East at ISANA
Smack-dab on a local fisherman’s wharf in Izu peninsula sits ISANA, a resort where West meets East. Literally, in the sense that Chef Hide Kurokawa brings his diverse international background to the resort.
Born and raised in Hawaii until the age of 10, at that time I started being interesting in photography and, after graduating from high-school in Switzerland, I wanted to capture unique stories and create emotions, so I went to Los Angeles to study film. During that period I was blogging on food recipes, I cooked and read a lot. Far from home, I was having a recurring memory of eating around the dinner table every night with my family and friends, of my dad hosting a dinner party every Friday, inviting anyone who wanted to join. So I decided to pursue cooking as a career profession and moved to Japan where my dad lives.
I was lucky enough to meet Lionel Beccat, of the famous Ginza restaurant Esquisse who had also graduated from college before finding his way into the culinary world. This was the start of my career. Then I moved to San Francisco to work and my ambition pushed me to Taiwan where I opened a small 17-seat restaurant.