Chef de Cuisine
Born in 1981 in Nagasaki, Japan, Ryohei Hieda began his professional career in 2000 at the age of 19 by apprenticing at the prestigious Kyoto restaurant Gion Nakagawa. During his training, he acquired fundamental knowledge and techniques of traditional Japanese cuisine.
In 2005, Chef Hieda returned to Kyushu to work at the famed restaurant Itaru where he mastered the making of artisanal salt and the expert use of it in the seasoning of dishes. He also gained deep appreciation of using the freshest produce and ingredients directly sourced from local farms.
In 2008, Chef Hieda joined Michelin three-starred restaurant Nihonryori RyuGin under founder Chef Seiji Yamamoto. During this time, he was deeply moved by Chef Yamamoto’s creations and philosophy of Japanese cuisine.
In 2013, to further broaden his knowledge and skill, Chef Hieda moved to San Francisco to cook at French-inspired Michelin 3-starred Benu and 3-starred Manresa restaurants. Upon returning to Tokyo in 2014, based on his demonstrated ability and talent, Chef Hieda was appointed by Chef Yamamoto as Chef de Cuisine of Shoun RyuGin restaurant in Taiwan.
A pioneer in the local-sourced movement, Chef Hieda has traveled extensively throughout Taiwan to build personal relationships with small-scale farms, fishermen, and wineries. He has developed a network to produce unique, world-class ingredients for Shoun RyuGin, raising the standard for Taiwan's fine dining industry as a whole. Shoun RyuGin's achievements have been recognized internationally, culminating when Chef Hieda was the featured presenter at the International Chefs Summit Asia (ICSA 2017 and 2018) in Taipei. Shoun RyuGin has been awarded 2 stars from Michelin Guide Taipei 2018 and 2019, is No. 31 on the Asia's 50 Best Restaurants ranking 2019, and is the No. 1 restaurant in Taiwan on La Liste 2019.