Chef Shotaro Kamio's blending of the rustic Japanese cooking of his youth with a modern California ethos is a complete winner.
Four Berkeley and five Oakland restaurants have made it into the newly published San Francisco Chronicle Top 100.
Yoshi's head chef Shotaro "Sho" Kamio is to open his own restaurant in the shuttered O Chame space on Fourth Street.
O Chamé's last day is on Sunday July 28 after serving customers on Berkeley's Fourth Street for 23 years.
The Chronicle’s food writer Michael Bauer chose the same five Berkeley restaurants that made it into last year’s Top 100 for his 2012 selection.
The journey around Berkeley -- and the globe -- continues with part two of our ethnic eats roundup.
Alice Medrich, the author, is best known for her high-end sweets cookbooks devoted to serious bakers and dessert makers, including the bestsellers Pure Dessert and Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate. Alice Medrich, the dessert chef and chocolatier, is best known for her influential and ahead-of-its time shop Cocolat. Medrich ran the store, opened on Shattuck Avenue in 1976, for 14 years.