James Davidson

Chef de Cuisine, Biwa Izakaya


James is from Sacramento, CA, but started restaurant life in a dish pit on the Oregon Coast. Through a long series of events, including cooking at a biker bar in Texas and falling in love with yakitori in Japan, he is now the Chef De Cuisine at Biwa Izakaya in Portland, OR.

Staple Beer:

Ninkasi Total Domination IPA

Always on hand: 

Stubbs smokey mesquite BBQ sauce

Favorite Pairings:

Sapporo + tonkatsu + gyoza

Technique Tips: 

Learn to listen. The food will tell you what it wants.

Words to live by:

“Every event in the world can be revealed to me only as an opportunity.”
– Jean Paul Sartre

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