Tyson Cole

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Tyson Cole
Born (1970-09-03) September 3, 1970 (age 48)
Sarasota, FL, United States
Education Apprenticeship
Culinary career
Cooking style Japanese, and Fusion

Tyson Cole (born September 3, 1970 in Sarasota, FL, USA) [1] is a chef and restaurateur based in Austin, Texas, USA.


Cole began his culinary career as a dishwasher at a Japanese restaurant named Kyoto in downtown Austin, Texas. Attrition among the restaurant's staff gave Cole the opportunity to begin making sushi.[2] He was attending the University of Texas Austin, with interests in painting and architecture.[3] Cole worked three and a half years at Kyoto, from 1992 to 1996.[4]

Starting in mid-1996, Cole apprenticed for six and a half years[4] under Takehiko Fuse, owner/chef of Musashino Sushi Dokoro in Austin, TX.[5] Cole also learned Japanese during this stint.[5] Cole later continued his training at the sushi restaurant Bond Street in New York City.

In May 2003, Cole opened Uchi, a 95-seat 2,600 square feet (240 m2) sushi restaurant in Austin.[1][6]

On July 6, 2010, Cole opened his second restaurant, Uchiko (loosely translated meaning "offspring of Uchi") after a three-week soft opening period.

In July 2012, Cole opened his third restaurant, the second location of Uchi in Houston, Texas.[7]

On May 31, 2013, Cole announced the late 2014/early 2015 opening of his fourth restaurant Uchi Dallas.[7] The restaurant opened its doors on June 1, 2015.


In 2005, Food & Wine Magazine named Tyson Cole "Best New Chef," one among ten chefs to receive that award.[8]

He led a team of Uchi chefs against Chef Masaharu Morimoto on the Food Network program Iron Chef America in March 2008.[9]

In 2006, Cole won goodhealth.com's "Healthy Chef Showdown" by a hair, over chef David Bull of the Driskill Grill.[3]

In 2009, Tyson Cole was named one of Saveur's "Top 6 Texas Tastemakers." [10]

In 2008, 2009, and 2010, the James Beard Foundation named Cole as a semifinalist in the “Best Chef: Southwest” category of its "James Beard Foundation Award",[11] 2009,[12] 2010.[13]

In 2011, Cole was awarded the James Beard Award for "Best Chef: Southwest.".[14]


  1. ^ a b Ruggless, Ron (2004). "Tyson Cole: sushi chef puts raw talent to good use". Nation's Restaurant News.
  2. ^ Best New Chefs - 2005 - Tyson Cole | Food & Wine
  3. ^ a b A Conversation With Uchi's Tyson Cole - Good Health by SETON
  4. ^ a b Orman, Shelley (August 26, 2007). "Tyson Cole wins over sushi lovers with innovative style".
  5. ^ a b Tyson Cole of Uchi Restaurant
  6. ^ TaxNetUSA: Travis County Property Information http://www.traviscad.org/travisdetail.php?theKey=101869
  7. ^ a b CultureMap Dallas http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/food-drink/05-31-13-uchi-restaurant-tyson-cole-maple-avenue/
  8. ^ "Best New Chefs 2005". Food and Wine. 2005. Retrieved August 13, 2010.
  9. ^ "Morimoto vs. Cole". Food Network. March 2008. Retrieved August 13, 2010.
  10. ^ "6 Texas Tastemakers". 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
  11. ^ "The James Beard Foundation Awards" (PDF). James Beard Foundation. March 24, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 20, 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2010.
  12. ^ "2009 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists" (PDF). James Beard Foundation. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 16, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2010.
  13. ^ "2010 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists" (PDF). James Beard Foundation. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 20, 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2010.
  14. ^ "The James Beard Foundation Awards" (PDF). James Beard Foundation. May 9, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 14, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2011.