By SYLVIA RECTOR
With the Japanese-born, French-trained chef in the kitchen since the restaurant opened in 1996, Tribute has won numerous national accolades. It is the only Michigan venue on Gourmet's list of America's 50 best restaurants. Last month, it was named one of America's top 40 dining destinations by the Gayot.com travel and gourmet service. In 2000, it was named the Free Press' Restaurant of the Year.
In 2003, the chef himself became only the second Michigan chef to receive a James Beard award as Best Midwest Chef.
Confirming his resignation, Yagihashi said Monday that he will begin his new position in Las Vegas on Jan. 2. "I want to finish up through the holidays. I want to be sure everything is taken care of," he said, out of respect for Epoch Restaurant Group owners Larry Wisne and Toni Wisne Sabine."