Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar By Akira Back at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino features a modern Japanese menu with a Korean American twist. Kumi presents guests with an extraordinary ambience of raw natural woods, hammered steel accents and touches of red lacquer to compliment the dining experience. Kumi's sumptuous cuisine is complimented by a wide array of specialty cocktails created by The Light Group's very own master mixologists.
Born in Korea and raised in Aspen, Colorado, Chef Akira Back brings a sense of adventure and boundless creativity to Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge, Chef Akira Back at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Since debuting in 2008, Chef Back's enticing Yellowtail menu embodies classic Japanese cuisine, featuring innovative dishes and the freshest ingredients from the world's top purveyors.
Before taking his turn in the kitchen, Chef Back spent his early years as a professional snowboarder in Colorado, appearing in extreme movies and garnering praise from the sport's top trade publications. During this time, Back began working at local restaurants to supplement his income as an extreme sports athlete. After seven years on the pro-snowboarding circuit, Back realized that he felt the same thrill in the kitchen as he did on his board, shaping his decision to pursue a full-time culinary career.
Chef Back went on to study at the International Culinary School at The Art Institute in Colorado. In 1993, he began working at Kenichi in Aspen as Sushi Prep Cook and was later recruited to Kenichi in Austin,Texas and then in Kona, Hawaii, where he worked as the Opening Chef.
Combining his passions for adventure, travel and culinary exploration,
Chef Back toured extensively throughout Japan and Europe, studying under top celebrity chefs and industry leaders, including Masaharu Morimoto and Brian Nagao.
It was during this period that Chef Back learned the value of using rare and exotic ingredients. In 2003, Chef Back returned to
Aspen to lead the kitchen as Executive Chef of Nobu Matsuhisa's namesake restaurant.
Throughout his illustrious career, Chef Akira Back has been awarded the title of "Rising Star" by Restaurant Hospitality (2008) and has had the distinct honor of hosting the prestigious James Beard House dinners (2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012). Since opening Yellowtail Restaurant & Lounge, Chef Back has been named "Best Chef in Las Vegas" by Las Vegas Weekly. Chef Back has also participated in some of the culinary world's most prestigious events, including Aspen Food & Wine Festival, Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival and Bon Appetit's Vegas Uncork'd.
In addition to these top accolades, Chef Akira Back has had extensive broadcast experience, appearing on Food Network's "Iron Chef America," where he battled Iron Chef Bobby Flay. Chef Back can also be seen on NBC's "The Today Show," Food Network's "Best Thing I Ever Ate," The Cooking Channel's "United Tastes of America," as well as KBS' "Success Mentor" which airs in Korea.
Sunday - Thursday:
5:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m
Friday & Saturday:
5:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m
Lounge Opens Daily
at 5:00 p.m