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our chefs

After fifteen years of working together, chefs Masaru Ogasawara and Natsuhiko Sugimoto were excited to build credibility with the city’s patrons by showing Japanese food lovers the extent of their craft. Having always dreamed of honoring their ramen-loving Japanese hometown, they conceptualized Midori Ramen and are now, proud to share their tori paitan ramen with the city. Here, ramen enthusiasts will experience our soul in every bowl, with the most creamy and the most luscious ramen in the city.

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Chef Masaru Ogasawara:

Born in Kanagawa, Japan, chef Masaru Ogasawara arrived in Canada with a dream: to share his passion for delicious traditional Japanese cuisine. For decades, he built his legendary reputation as a cook, manager, and franchise owner while perfecting his craft. Now, he brings his unrivaled culinary skills and love for Japanese culture to Midori’s kitchen. Masaru is the one who brought the concept of “Omotenashi” to Toronto, which is when a restaurant greets guests with intense fervor in the form of cheering. Omotenashi wholeheartedly embraces guests while they enjoy their meal and the entire duration of their stay.

Chef Natsuhiko Sugimoto:

Restaurant owner, food connoisseur, and renowned chef. Natsuhiko Sugimoto is a man of many titles. He is also the brain behind Midori’s legendary and mouth-watering menu items. On top of this, he takes pride in creating delicious ramen dishes that are reminiscent of his childhood days in Chiba, Japan. With decades of experience, Natsu is thrilled to bring authentic Japanese culture and cuisine to every Torontonian.

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Chef Natsuhiko Sugimoto:

Restaurant owner, food connoisseur, and renowned chef. Natsuhiko Sugimoto is a man of many titles. He is also the brain behind Midori’s legendary and mouth-watering menu items. On top of this, he takes pride in creating delicious ramen dishes that are reminiscent of his childhood days in Chiba, Japan. With decades of experience, Natsu is thrilled to bring authentic Japanese culture and cuisine to every Torontonian.