Chef Takashi challenges local chefs to Ramen Battle

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

It’s been one year since Chef Takashi Yagihashi opened the Ann Arbor location of his noodle and sushi restaurant Slurping Turtle.

To celebrate, the James Beard award-winning chef has invited some of the most buzzed-about names in the local culinary scene to compete in Ramen Battle on July 26.

Recent “Top Chef” contestant James Rigato of the Root Restaurant & Bar in White Lake (and soon-to-open Mabel Gray in Hazel Park) will join Luciano Del Signore of Bacco in Southfield, Andy Hollyday of Detroit’s Selden Standard, Eve Aronoff of Ann Arbor’s Frita Batidos and Slurping Turtle’s own Tadashi Nagura to vie to win the favor of the guests by making the best ramen dish.

The winning chef gets $2,000 to donate to a charity of his or her choice. Attendees of the first annual Ramen Battle can taste each of the chef’s spin on the Japanese noodle dish, and also fill up on hors d’oeuvres and an open bar with wine, beer and sake.

Tickets to the event, which starts at 4 p.m., are $70 and can be purchased at

Ann Arbor’s Slurping Turtle, 608 E. Liberty, opened in April 2014. Takashi Yagihashi’s original Slurping Turtle ramen house made its debut in Chicago in 2011.