Vice President of Culinary Development/Corporate Executive Chef
The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated
Prior to his 30 years with The Cheesecake Factory, Chef Bob Okura worked in a variety of operations, ranging from small ethnic restaurants to the fine dining rooms of 4-star hotel/casino resorts. He has received numerous awards among them are the National Restaurant Association’s Menu Development and Innovations Award 2012, Research Chefs Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award 2008, Chef Magazine’s Chef of the Year 2007, Menu Masters Chef Innovator Award 2003 and Nation’s Restaurant News Top 50 R & D Culinarians 2002. Chef Bob is a founding board member of the International Corporate Chefs Association and has been affiliated with other culinary organizations such as The American Culinary Federation, Les Amis d’Escoffier, the Chaine Des Rotisseurs; and the Research Chef’s Association.