Celebrity chef Akira Buck opens his first Florida restaurant in Delray Beach

    Korean-American chef Akira Bak (Seong Woo Baek) opens his first Florida restaurant, at The Ray Hotel in Delray Beach, on March 25. Located between Boca Raton and Palm Beach, Akira Buck Delray is professional skater turned 18 chef.y In addition to the cities of Paris, Las Vegas, Dubai, Beverly Hills, San Diego, Toronto, Singapore, and Seoul, to name a few. (His restaurant, Dosa, in Seoul, received a Michelin star in 2018.)

    Buck and his family were born in Seoul, moved to Aspen, Colorado when he was thirteen, and didn’t speak a word of English. “I didn’t even know how to say, ‘How are you?'” ’, he ponders. “So when I moved, it was a culture shock.” He switched to figure skating with the sole aim of making friends and learning the language, but ended up competing professionally for several years. When he was 19, he started working for Sushi expert Kenichi Kanada in Aspen, where he learned the hard way “respect for rice.” He spent seven years training in Japanese cuisine.

    “[Although] I learned Japanese cuisine, and I couldn’t deny my taste,” an arrow appeared. “I’m Korean-American. I grew up eating my mom’s food and still eating my mom’s food. I wanted to do this with my own touch.” That’s why the backbone of Akira Back’s kitchen is “Modern Japanese with Korean accents.”

    At the Delray location, diners can expect signature signatures like AB Tuna Pizza, topped with umami aioli, baby shisho and white truffle oil; Jeju Domi, who fuses his Korean heritage with spiced masago, red sorrel, and shojang; and lobster tempura, with Korean pear, serrano, beetroot, and amazo ponzu. Signature sushi rolls include Pop Rockin’ (spicy crab, cucumber, asparagus, and yes, watermelon pop rock!); Perfect Storm (prawn tempura, spicy tuna, buri salmon and chipotle mayonnaise); And the hot mess (crab tempura, sashimi poke and spicy ponzu aioli). They also serve Nazo 9, the chef’s signature mysterious box of sashimi and sushi at an open table.

    Because of the South Florida location, Back plans to inject his AB cigar candy with key lime pie filling. In two to three months, he adds, they will also add the “catch of the day.”

    “I’ve been coming to Delray for a long time,” he shares. “I have a lot of friends here and it’s a good tennis community.” Buck is a tennis enthusiast, and enjoys the sport with his 10-year-old daughter.

    The main dining area, designed by Celano Design Studios, is covered in undulating teak panels and secured by three curved wood structures. The semi-open kitchen features sushi dining tables and a robata grill. The artwork of Pak Young Hee Pak’s mother is created on wall tiles, sofa fabrics, and dishes. “All of my restaurants have my mom’s art in it,” he said. “It’s a signature item.” Buck adds that they just built their dream family home together in Las Vegas, where he’s been staying for 15 years, ever since he opened his first restaurant, Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant and Lounge.

    Make sure to travel to each location several times a year. With 18 restaurants and 12 more planned openings by the end of 2024, what’s the secret to Akira Back’s success? Nobody believes when I say [that] You have to be very blessed and lucky, and in some way you want to bring luck into your life,” “You have to follow your dreams, you have to be passionate about what you do. You have to be surrounded by people who are better than you. All of my chefs are better than me. I have to hire better people than me [make it work]. I really think that [the secret of] My success – I really hire the best of the best. “

    Akira Back Delray is located on the ground floor of The Ray Hotel (by Menin Development), 233 NE 2nd Ave. Delray Beach, FL 33444. For more information, visit www.akirabackdelray.com or www.akiraback.com