Jesús Díaz was born in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2000 he migrated to the United States along with his older brother with the illusion of becoming a professional baseball player. He played baseball until college and, although he studied journalism for television, he always worked in the restaurant industry.
First for the IHOP chain where, without his parents and like many immigrants starting a new life, he had to start washing dishes and then became a cook. Several years later, having mastered the language better, he had a job opportunity at Gordon Food Service, a food and supply distribution company, as a specialist and consultant. In 2012, Jesús opened his own restaurant, Ikura Sushi Lounge, in Coral Gables - his first business.
His life changed when in 2017 he was invited to the Univision network's Despierta América program to cook and talk about his restaurant. After doing some tests before the cameras, he became the beloved Chef Yisus of the highest-rated show on Hispanic television in the United States.
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