Xiaoteng (X) Huang is operations director and partner at PinKU Japanese Street Food. He worked at Fortune 100 companies such as Target, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and IBM. But at the end of the day, he always dreamed about carving out a path of his own. In 2014, he quit his corporate career to pursue his entrepreneurial dream and started working at Chipotle and Noodles & Company to truly learn the grunt work of the restaurant life, while conceptualizing a brand that can revolutionize the food industry.
John Sugimura is executive chef, concept-brand director, and partner at PinKU Japanese Street Food. He is a second-generation Japanese-American professionally trained sushi chef, whose life-long love of sushi blossomed during time spent in Osaka and Kyoto, Japan. Eating John’s cuisine is like eating in his grandmother’s restaurant in the 1930s. It is the ultimate expression of flavors, colors, and cooking methods, coming together in an authentic experience that is one of a kind.
X and John met in the summer of 2014 in a sushi class. Their shared passion for authentic Japanese got them talking: "Why do people have to go to fancy sit-down restaurants to enjoy high quality sushi? Why do people have to sacrifice speed and money for authentic Japanese food? Why are there no options in the middle?" With these questions in mind, they created a brand new restaurant concept, and PinKU Japanese Street Food was born.