Tyson Cole, Partner & Chef
Best Chef Southwest, James Beard Foundation 2011
One of the few American sushi masters, James Beard Award-winning Chef and Owner Tyson Cole is a passionate student of the Japanese tradition. Having trained for more than 10 years in Tokyo, New York, and Austin under two different sushi masters, he continues his path of study and experimentation each day at the restaurants in the Hai Hospitality family. Employing classical cooking techniques with a Pacific Rim perspective, Cole marries global ingredients with traditional Japanese flavors, resulting in inspired combinations of flavor, texture, color, technique, and style.
Cole became fascinated with sushi in his early twenties while working at an Austin Japanese restaurant and quickly dedicated himself to learning every aspect of the cuisine. Working his way up from dishwasher to head sushi chef, his dexterity with the knife led him to Austin’s top sushi restaurant Musashino. During an intensive traditional apprenticeship under owner Takehiko Fuse, Cole traveled to Japan to experience the cuisine firsthand while gaining technical skill.
Challenged by Fuse to learn the Japanese language, Cole moved on to train at Bond Street, one of the busiest sushi restaurants in New York City. In his last year at Musashino, Cole ran the restaurant in Fuse’s absence and began experimenting with new flavor ideas, influences, and ingredients. Opening Uchi in 2003 as executive chef and co-owner, Cole quickly garnered national attention, most notably a coveted spot on Food and Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs of 2005 list; a James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: Southwest” in 2011; and a James Beard Foundation semifinalist spot for “Outstanding Chef” in 2016 among many other accolades.
Citing the newly easy accessibility of ingredients and flavors from across the globe, Cole continues to push the envelope with every bite, stating, “The cuisine I create is playfully multi-cultural, mixing the Japanese tradition with tastes that inspire me.”
Ed Sura, Chef de Cuisine
Chef Sura developed his appetite for cooking while growing up on a farm in Michigan. This sparked a deep appreciation for approachable, rustic dishes full of fresh, local ingredients. Enrolling in the Great Lakes Culinary Institute transformed this passion into a lifelong career journey. After working in Traverse City, Michigan, under Executive Chef Ted Cizma, Sura made the move to the Windy City. Once in Chicago, Chef Sura built an impressive resume working at some of Chicago’s most preeminent restaurants including Michelin-starred Graham Elliot, acclaimed Perennial Virant, and the NoMI Kitchen. Sura was named a Semifinalist for the 2016 James Beard Foundation’s Rising Chef Award. In January of 2018, Chef Sura joined the Hai Hospitality family as the Chef de Cuisine of Uchiko. Known for his love of creating modern interpretations of classic dishes, he plans on bringing his unique flavor combinations to Uchiko’s innovative menu. When not in the kitchen, Sura enjoys exploring the outdoor spaces of his new hometown of Austin, playing basketball and golfing.