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Nobu honored at South Beach Wine and Food Festival

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2013 at 9:59 pm •  Published: February 23, 2013

"Before I met him, I had restaurants with other partners but never success," Nobu said. "But with Bob, he respects me. He understands my work. We drink and talk with each other. We also fight, but this communication makes for a nice partnership."

One of his fondest memories includes cooking for Princess Diana before her death in 1997. The soft-spoken chef remembers walking up to her table to introduce himself, but she already knew who he was from magazine articles and restaurant reviews.

"I was so proud of that," he said of that moment. Even today, Nobu takes pride in seeing his customers smile at his restaurants. Or the 85-year-old man who visited his Las Vegas spot and sent Nobu a thank you card. He says that is what makes him want to keep cooking.

"Cooking is my life. And still I am thinking of new dishes."

Nobu plans to slow things down — eventually — so he can travel more to see different foods and spend more time with his family.

Until then, Nobu wanted to share a special message to his friends and family: "Thank you is a short word. But I would like to thank you from my heart."