Born and raised in the heart of Mexico, the son of a Japanese father and a Mexican mother, Katsuji Tanabe has worked inside LA’s most acclaimed kitchens, from the four-star Bastide Restaurant to Beverly Hills’ Mastro’s Steakhouse.
Chef Katsuji Tanabe has partnered with local businessman Randy Doten, transforming the long running Seta restaurant in uptown Whittier into The Nixon Chops & Whiskey, a classic neighborhood steakhouse. As one might expect with Tanabe, however, the restaurant also arrives with a slight Mexican accent and a few culinary flourishes from around the globe.
“This restaurant is the culmination of my many years of travel,” says Tanabe. “All of the television productions in Mexico, Charleston, Chicago, New York and Boston have afforded me an extraordinary opportunity to learn alongside a wide range of talented chefs and restaurateurs.” A fan favorite from his three appearances on Bravo’s Top Chef television series (Mexico, Boston, and Charleston), NIXON is the fourth restaurant in Tanabe’s budding empire, including Mexikosher Los Angeles and New York City, and restaurant Barrio in downtown Chicago. The NIXON will serve as Tanabe’s home base, where he will be found most evenings cooking for and personally greeting his guests. “Meeting the new Nixon ownership proved to be a stroke of good luck for us all. Whittier provides a large and appreciative audience, as well as the opportunity to cook the foods that I love most, the foods of my heritage. This city offers the magic of a close knit community that every restaurant hopes to earn and to serve for many years. The city has embraced us, and I feel extremely fortunate to now call this beautiful city my home.”
The Coarse Grind Podcast
Featuring Chef Katsuji Tanabe