Kurt Zdesar
Kurt Zdesar, Chef-owner at Chotto Matte

Kurt was European Director for Nobu. The first European restaurant was opened in London, which received a Michelin-Star within 10 months of opening, the UK’s first
Michelin-Star for Asian cuisine. He then went on to develop and establish the brand worldwide.

Kurt launched and founded his own concept Ping Pong, which went on to become a successful global brand. Ping Pong was also recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing companies and continues to be one of London’s most successful Asian restaurants.

In September 2013 Kurt opened Chotto Matte in Soho’s Frith Street bringing together the best of Japanese and Peruvian culture. Chotto Matte serves high-quality Nikkei cuisine and colourful cocktails in a vibrant, loud atmosphere. Following the success of Chotto Matte’s launch Kurt opened Black Roe in March 2016, London’s first Poke bar and grill inspired by the Pacific Rim. In October 2016 Kurt continued to expand his operation by opening Fucina, a modern organic Italian restaurant located in the heart of Marylebone.

Fast forward to 2018 and Kurt oversaw the launch of Chotto Matte’s first international outlet in Miami. Currently focusing on Chotto Matte’s International expansion, Miami will be followed by Chotto Matte Toronto.

Taste Letters
Get your tickets

Entry, Tasting or Feasting ticket? 

Artisan Producers
Artisan Producers

Take a look at everyone who is coming to the festival this summer

Restaurants

Check out the mouth-watering menus we had at Taste in June...