MIAMI Benihana has named Toshiyo Nemoto executive chef of its teppan, or griddle, operations.
Nemoto, a 32-year veteran of the company, has mostly worked as a regional chef for the 85-unit chain. He started at its Honolulu restaurant and also has worked in New York; Bethesda, Md.; San Francisco, and Pennsauken, N.J.
He will work closely with culinary adviser Hiroyuki Sakai and the chain's regional chefs in “developing new menu initiatives and refini