Alex Becker

Named Best Chef by New Times Broward-Palm Beach in 2016, Executive Chef Alex Becker brings to Kuro more than two decades of restaurant experience, including work at celebrated worldwide Japanese restaurants Katsuya and Nobu. At Kuro, Becker, who also serves as the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s creative culinary director, sources the best quality product available for the restaurant’s new-style Japanese creations – dishes grounded in tradition yet progressive in concept and execution. Becker discovered his love for the craft of cooking at age 15 working in restaurant kitchens in his hometown of Atlanta. Upon graduating from Johnson & Wales University in 1999, Becker spent four years working for the Italian eatery di Paolo in Alpharetta, Georgia, where he held various positions, including general manager, sommelier and executive chef. In 2004, Becker started the globetrotting chapter of his career at Ristorante Gardenia in Turin, Italy, a Michelin-starred restaurant. A year later, he turned his hunger for culinary intellect to Japanese cuisine and began a seven-year career at Nobu, including stints at New York, Hawaii and Los Angeles locations as executive chef. Later, as corporate executive chef of Katsuya in Los Angeles, he opened multiple restaurants for the brand across the globe. Becker holds an associate degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University, a master’s degree in Italian culinary arts from the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners (ICIF) in Asti, Italy, and has also been accepted into The Court of Master Sommeliers.

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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?I remember crabbing with my Grandparents when I was young and looking forward to the feast that they would put together later that evening. That was a big part of our summers growing up.My favorite SOBEWFF® memory is:The first time Kuro had the opportunity to participate in the SOBEWFF was two years ago. We served a steam bun with Japanese fried chicken created in a bit of a southern-style. The crowd was all over them, to a point where a fight nearly broke out. We don't ever want a fight to happen, but it is a true confirmation that they love the dish!Another charity/non-profit cause important to me is:I am a big advocate for The National Kidney Foundation. My mother was able to donate a kidney to my cousin through the organization's efforts and means a lot to our family. I also believe in the purpose of St. Jude's for Kids. My daughter is the most magnificent gift in the world. Knowing how important children are, makes me understand how important it is to help them any way possible.If I could collaborate with anyone in the world on a project, it would be:Chef Massimiliano Alajmo. He has an amazing way of looking at ingredients and is incredibly talented at basing an idea on classics, then making something spectacular and new.I never leave home without my:Argyle socks! It's always been my way to show my personality without having to say anything.