The team at Ōra King Salmon just announced the North American semifinalists for the 2017 Ōra King Awards!

Three of these incredible chefs are going to win an exclusive chef’s tour of Japan. Believe us, it’s not going to be an easy choice. Heck, narrowing it down to just these eight was nearly impossible. Thank you, everyone who entered the 2017 Ōra King Awards, and congratulations to these semifinalists.

Let us know on social media who you think deserves to win!


Jon Butler
71Above, Los Angeles, CA

Kombu Cured Ōra King Salmon, California Tomatoes, Nori, Sesame, Succulents


Aaron Koseba
Single Thread Farms, Healdsburg, CA

Ibushi-gin Smoked Salmon, Liquid Shio Koji Vinagrette, Salad of Negi and Young Ginger Bud


Roy Villacrusis
Gaijin Asiatic Cuisine, Las Vegas, NV

Ōra King Salmon Temari


Alison Trent
Ysabel West, Hollywood, CA

Ōra King Salmon “Koi Fish Pond”


Joe West
Stock Hill, Kansas City, MO

Ōra King Salmon Grilled Over Hay, Kohlrabi Acting Like Ginger, Puffed Quinoa, Japanese Hakurei Turnip Ice Cream, Sweet Potato, and Yuzu


Jonathan Granada
Otium, Los Angeles, CA

Ōra King Salmon. Vidalia Onion Panna Cotta. Pistachio Nougatine. Pistachio Nage.


Eric Fralick
Noble Rice, Tampa, FL

Ōra King Salmon in 5 elements


Travis Swikard
Boulud Sud, New York, NY

Japanese Whisper


The winners will be announced soon, so make sure you’re following Ōra King Salmon on Facebook and Instagram. To stay in the loop about future contests, connect with Chef’s Roll on social media, and be sure to create a free professional chef profile and join our international culinary family.