Hajime Yoneda was born in October, 1972 in Hirakata, Osaka. He spent his childhood and adolescence in this small, simple mountain town. Engrossed in mathematics all throughout high school, in university he enrolled in the department of science and engineering, where he studied electrical engineering. Employed in 1996 by an electronics maker, he engaged in the design of electronics. He became a chef in 1998, working in restaurants in Japan and France, and in May of 2008, he opened Hajime RESTAURANT GASTRONOMIQUE OSAKA JAPON with the theme of “A truly wonderful restaurant.” Then in 2009 - a mere 1 year and 5 months after opening it garnered the ranking of a Michelin 3 star restaurant; the fastest in history.
In May of 2012, more active and innovative than ever, it changed names to HAJIME, and continues to use each day as a new chance to express a unique aesthetic and world view through the mediums of gastronomy, life science, biology, brain science, gastroenterology, business management, architecture, and space science.