Akira Akuto is the co-founder of Konbi, an LA based restaurant inspired by Japanese convenience stores. Over his regular sandwich and salad combo, Akira walks us through his decision to pursue food at 24, managing a business in COVID, and everything in between.
My mom’s Korean, my dad’s Japanese. We moved around a lot. I lived in Seoul for three years until my sister was born and then we moved to Japan. After I finished kindergarten, we moved to the US. I studied at Columbia University and didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life.
Awards & Press
- James Beard Award