Chef Bios

Atsushi Kenjo: Executive Chef
M Café Melrose | M Café Beverly Hills | M Café Brentwood

Kenjo’s mother inspired him to pursue cooking as he was growing up in Miyako City in the Iwate prefecture of Japan. After graduating from Seishin Culinary School in Japan at the age of nineteen, Kenjo began working at restaurants in Yokohama City and later at Hotel Otowa No Mori in Yokosuka, (Kanagawa). He moved to the U.S. in 2000 to work at Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills and advanced through the kitchen ranks from chef de cuisine before moving to Chaya’s Downtown Los Angeles location in 2011. In 2015, CHAYA’s Corporate Executive Chef, Shigefumi Tachibe, slated Chef Kenjo to take over the role of Executive Chef of CHAYA’s macrobiotic sister restaurant, M Café de Chaya.

Chef Kenjo’s latest undertaking has been overseeing the expansion of M Café as well as the creation of new menu items. Kenjo is excited for this new venture and style of cooking, after working for over 20 years as a chef in fine-dining establishments. He looks forward to bringing his expertise of both Japanese and Californian cuisines to M Cafe’s menu.