How To Travel Like A Rising Star Chef

“…We asked the culinary wünderkinds nominated for this year’s James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year to tell us about their favorite dining destinations. From tracking down authentic New Orleans po’ boys to sampling ceviche in its native Peru, the young guns driving the country’s most innovative kitchens couldn’t wait to sing the praises of their favorite food cities, and their responses are sure to excite your culinary wanderlust.”


The 2019 James Beard Award Semifinalists

“We're thrilled to announce our 2019 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists!

Rising Star Chef of the Year (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)

Valerie Chang and Nando Chang, ITAMAE, Miami”


Eater Young Guns 2018: Meet the Semifinalists

“Valerie Chang, grew up in Peru and moved to the United States when she was 10… After a few kitchen stints of her own — including at Michael Solomonov’s Miami location of Dizengoff, where she was able to incorporate some Peruvian touches into the mostly Israeli menu — she’s now the chef at family restaurant ITAMAE, where she cooks a Nikkei-inspired menu of Japanese-Peruvian dishes.”


Meet Fernando, Nando, and Valerie Chang of ITAMAE

“ITAMAE’s story is a family story at heart. Led by Chefs Fernando “Papa” Chang and his son and daughter Nando and Valerie, ITAMAE is about family. All three born and raised in Chiclayo, Peru.”


A Golden Future For The Chang Gang With B-Side By ITAMAE

"It should be clear by now how much love we have for the Chang family–or better known as the “Chang Gang”–but we’re not their only high-ranking fans. After the overwhelming success of ITAMAE, their ode to Peruvian/Japanese fusion cuisine, Valerie and Nando Chang made their father (“Papa Chang”) proud by snagging a James Beard nod for the Rising Star Chef of the Year. And rightfully so.”


These Star Chefs from the Design District Food Hall Are Opening A Sushi Spot In Wynwood

"ITAMAE is dropping a funky new track. The Peruvian sushi shop in the Design District, which has been acclaimed locally and nationally for their take on Peruvian-Japanese cuisine known as Nikkei, is opening a sushi-only restaurant in Wynwood.”


Fleeing Peru Tore Them Apart. But A Restaurant In Miami Pulled This Family Back Together

"They work in tight quarters here at Itamae, yet there is enough room for the love that bonds them. The three of them dance around one another behind a counter, where Nando, 30, and Val Chang, 27, make some of the city’s most exciting cuisine. Their take on Nikkei, the Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine endemic to Peru, is the reason they are the first brother-sister duo named semifinalists for a James Beard Foundation award, the highest honor for a chef.”


Meet Nikkei, the Bold, Colorful Mash-up of Peruvian and Japanese Cuisine

"A maki roll topped with salsa criolla, an olive-Kewpie purée, and thinly sliced octopus. Meet the modern iterations of Nikkei cuisine, a centuries-old mash-up of Peruvian and Japanese food that’s more than a passing trend."


Miami's Best Kept Secrets: 9 Chefs You Need To Know Right Now

“We spoke to eight local, “in-the-know” food people on their “Miami chefs to watch”—rising stars and up-and-coming talents who have either just moved to the city or are working at or running relatively new restaurants that have opened within the last year—who should definitely be on your radars, too.”


Cholito Samurai: Nando Chang Explores Cultural Fusion Through Hip-Hop And Food

“At one of Miami’s new food halls, Nando Chang cuts a 20-pound salmon right before ending his shift at his family’s business, a Peruvian inspired sushi restaurant. But Chang’s job is not over after he leaves ITAMAE.”