Ernesto Uchimura Biography

Chef Ernesto Uchimura wearing apron

Chef Uchimura was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina into a multicultural family with roots in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Growing up in Los Angeles surrounded by traditional foods from his mixed heritage sparked an interest in the world of gastronomy.

After years of cooking with his family, Uchimura went on to hone his craft at Paul Smith's College culinary school in New York. Upon graduation, Uchimura began establishing his personal style and brand — innovative and modern comfort food —at restaurants in New York and Los Angeles.

Uchimura stepped into the spotlight as the opening Corporate Executive Chef and Partner for the mega brand, Umami Burger. There, he was instrumental in creating and growing Umami into a national group that earned much critical and commercial success. Uchimura went on to become Plan Check's founding Chef and Partner in the opening of Plan Check Kitchen + Bar. Launching another successful project, Chef Uchimura garnered even more critical acclaim with recognition including "Chef of the Year: The Comfort Master" from Los Angeles magazine, "Best New Dish" for his Smokey Fried Chicken from Angeleno magazine, "Best Sandwich in America: Chicken" by Restaurant Hospitality, and "Best Burger" in Los Angeles by LA Weekly.