JOJI HATTORI, Host and Owner
Joji Hattori was born in Tokyo in 1969 to a well-known entrepreneurial family. At the age of eight, he came to Vienna where he stayed until he graduated secondary school. His musical talent led to an internationally successful career as a violinist and conductor. After nearly 20 years in London, Hattori returned to Vienna in 2011 where he decided to open his own restaurant.
You will find further infos about Joji Hattori on his website: www.jojihattori.com
Chef de Cuisine / Kitchen Director
Already at the opening of SHIKI, Traint as sous chef and right-hand of Takumi Murase, showed his extraordinary talent for Japanese cuisine. Thus, the Lower Austrian native and Viennese-by-choice, who approaches his creations with joy and care, has now also become Chef de Cuisine and Kitchen Director. Before his time at SHIKI he was cooking for Flosz, Vestibül, Schwarzes Kameel, Mörwald at Ambassador and Walter Bauer.
Masahiro Yamada, First Sushi-Master
For sushi lovers, the 37-year-old is already known from the restaurant Unkai at the Grand Hotel Vienna where he was head chef before joining SHIKI. Born in Fukoka on the Japanese island of Kyushu, Yamada worked as a cook in several restaurants for several years after finishing his chef’s training. As the first sushi master at SHIKI, he is responsible for the sushi and sashimi variations.
Hendrik Mergell, Restaurant Manager
Hendrik Mergell was born in Recklinghausen, Germany and is restaurant director in addition to being managing director. In this role, the 34-year-old works in close collaboration with owner Joji Hattori as well as Thomas Grund and is primarily responsible for the background management and coordination of guest services. Previously he was working as a restaurant manager at Heinz Hanner, restaurant Artner and Kussmaul. “With pleasure” is his his working philosophy.
Thomas Grund, Service Manager
The new restaurant and service manager at SHIKI shares his area of responsibility with Hendrik Mergell. The Vienna native learned the ropes at Hotel Sacher with follow-up positions at Restaurant Steirereck, Petermann’s Kunststuben in the Swiss town of Küsnacht and long years of service at Indochine21 and Yohm. At SHIKI, he now leads the service team with great commitment and a keen awareness for the personal touch needed in catering to the guests. What motivates the 43 year-old is “Being able to turn guests into friends.”