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Chef Jiro Ono grew up in Tokyo, Japan in a food loving family. Jiro studied Nutrition at both Colby College and Washington College later attending the Baltimore International Culinary College. He then completed an externship in Tokya with Master Sushi Chef Sam Kim while at BICC.
Jiro has received awards and recognition both locally and nationally. Locally with 4 stars from the Times and 4 stars from the Seattle Post Intelligencer, as well as recognition in Esquire, Gourmet, Seattle Magazine, The Robb Report, Travel and Leisure, Sunset. Jiro was the 2008 Best Chef Northwest from The James Beard Awards . In 2011 Jiro and Mr. Sushi Bistro were nominated for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef and Outstanding Restaurant. He was honored again in 2012 to be nominated for Outstanding Chef in the US.