George Padilla is a longtime collaborator of JT Vuong.

A bowl of brothless ramen inspired him to leave a career in environmental consulting and join the team at YUJI Ramen, where he helped transform it from a pop-up into the acclaimed restaurant Okonomi and, where he and JT first met. A love for engaging in the guest experience led George from the kitchen to the front of house, assuming the role of General Manager. Under his tenure, Okonomi was praised by The New York Times, among other news outlets, and twice invited to pop-up in Japan. In addition to his time at Okonomi, George has worked at Misi and Vanderbilt Wine Merchants. He’s also passionate about sake, and has completed WSET Level 3 Sake training.

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