Benihana appoints executive chef

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

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