Famed Chef Akira Back earns Michelin Star for third year straight

Good things come in threes, especially if you are globetrotting chef Akira Back. Just this month, the celebrated chef was awarded a Michelin Star for the third time for his restaurant concept Dosa in hometown, Seoul, South Korea.

“To be awarded a Michelin Star three years in a row is a dream come true,” says Akira Back. “Classified as ‘worth a stop’ by their team is the ultimate compliment and it is a feeling we strive to provide guests at our restaurants around the world.”

Dedicated to serving creative and modern cuisine that pays homage to his Korean roots, Akira Back’s namesake restaurant in Toronto’s Bisha Hotel is celebrating its second year anniversary this month with a special limited edition menu.

To get a taste of the Michelin Star quality, make your reservation for Akira Back Toronto now.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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가족, 친구, 파트너, 도사팀과 고객 여러분께 우리가 또 해냈습니다! 우리는 미쉐린 스타를 3년 연속 수상하는 영광을 다시 한 번 얻었습니다. 당신의 모든 지지와 사랑과 격려가 없었다면, 이것은 불가능했을 것입니다. 내가 태어나 자란 한국의 서울에서 미쉐린 별을 얻는 것은 내 평생의 꿈이었습니다. 나의 역사적인 이 순간을 나의 가족이 있는 라스베가스로 가져갑니다. 모두 감사하고 사랑합니다. 우리는 계속 모든 노력을 다할 것입니다. 셰프 백승욱 배상 Dear Family, Friends, Partners, Team and Customers, We did it again! We have been honored again in winning a Michelin star 3 years in a row. Without all of your support, love and encouragement, this would have not been possible. It has been a lifetime dream of mine to get a Michelin star from where I was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. I am bringing a piece of my history back home to Vegas. Thank you and love you all. We will continue to do our best in all endeavors From Chef Seung-Wook Back (Akira Back) #dosaby백승욱 #도사바이백승욱 #akiraback #백승욱 #백승욱셰프 #박석환셰프 #강대석셰프 #신두형지배인 #michelinguide #michelinstar #restaurant #

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Bisha Hotel celebrates 2nd Anniversary with Back 2 Bisha initiative

On November 27, 2017, Bisha Hotel & Residences burst on to the scene with a spectacular grand opening party for more than 1,000 guests. Now, two years later, the luxury hotel has succeeded in establishing its place as a creative hub in the heart of Toronto’s vibrant Entertainment District.

Recognized by Condé Nast Traveller as one of Toronto’s top hotels, Bisha is celebrating its two-year anniversary by offering special packages designed around the number ‘two’. On behalf of all guests, Bisha will also be giving back to the community. For every night’s stay in November, the hotel will make a donation to The Remix Project, a local arts-organization that helps young people in marginalized and under-served communities. With more than 3,000 pieces on display, art is a key pillar of the hotel.

Bisha Hotel Toronto was founded by visionary impresario Charles Khabouth, who was recognized as one of the ‘coolest boutique hotel owners in the world’ by Forbes Magazine. Since opening the hotel two years ago, Bisha has garnered numerous international accolades, been featured in glossy magazines, and hosted celebrities from the worlds of film, music, and sports.

“This is my first hotel project and we had a very specific vision of the role we wanted to play in the city,” says Charles Khabouth. “We felt there was opportunity for a hotel that is both luxurious and sexy, with a focus on art, design, and innovative dining concepts. To watch Bisha come to life and be so successful, in such a short time, is extremely gratifying.”

In addition to giving back to The Remix Project, the hotel will celebrate its second anniversary with a series of initiatives including:

ANNIVERSARY PACKAGE: Guests can take advantage of the ‘Back 2 Bisha’ anniversary offers this month. Package includes an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms and breakfast for two at KŌST, the stunning Baja-inspired rooftop restaurant with one of the ‘dreamiest swimming pools in the world’, as recognized by Matador Network.

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST: The hotel is encouraging fans to share a favoured photo taken at the hotel using the hashtag #Back2Bisha for a chance to win an overnight stay and breakfast for two.

LIMITED EDITION MENUS: At the highly acclaimed Akira Back, fans will delight in a special limited edition anniversary menu that features new items including ribeye tacos and poached lobster from Michelin Star Chef Akira Back. At French Made, the hotel’s Parisian-inspired café, signature Birthday Cake slices will be available throughout the month.

For more information or to book your stay, head to the official Bisha website.

 

TIFF Weekend Recap: Hustlers Premiere at Sofia, The Friend Premiere at KOST & more

A busy weekend for INK Entertainment and ICONINK venues Sofia Restaurant & Bar, KOST, Patria and Bisha Hotel & Residences as the opening weekend of TIFF hit Toronto’s entertainment district. Sofia, KOST and Patria played host to premiere parties and Bisha had many a star sighting from Friday to Sunday.

The Friend – based on the award-winning Esquire article of the same name, the film focuses on a man who puts his life on hold when his friend is diagnosed with terminal cancer – hosted its premiere party at KOST this past Friday night. Cast members Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson, Isabella Kai, Marielle Scott and the film’s producers were all in attendance to enjoy specialty cocktails and canapés mirroring the restaurant’s menu.

World Class and Audi presented the Hustlers premiere party this past Saturday at Sofia Restaurant & Bar. The comedy-drama depicting strippers out for revenge stars the festival’s biggest cast and cast members Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles and Keke Palmer were all in attendance on Saturday night. Other notable guests included Bo Burnham, Tie Domi, Madeline Brewer, director Lorene Scafaria, Mette Towley, Tracey Ullman and Mitchell Travers.

Patria hosted the premiere party for Knives Out this past Saturday, as well, which included appearances from cast members Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Chris Evans, Christopher Plummer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson and Katherine Langford

Bisha was also no stranger to a celebrity sighting – From Friday to Sunday, stars such as Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Eddie Redmayne, Ellen Page, Jon Hamm, Kristen Stewart, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, Felicity Jones, Ray Liotta and Willem Dafoe all made an appearance at the luxury hotel.

Click the gallery below to see photos courtesy of Joel Levy Photography.

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”4″ display=”basic_imagebrowser”]Premiere party photos courtesy of Sonia Recchia and Sam Santos of Getty Images and Jemal Countess.

Lenny Kravitz & Kravitz Design Inc celebrate launch of the Kravitz Design Floor at Bisha

On Tuesday, September 3rd, Lenny Kravitz and his team at Kravitz Design Inc, gathered at Bisha Hotel Toronto to celebrate the launch of the Kravitz Design Floor. After an afternoon of exclusive interviews with some of Canada’s top writers and magazine editors, Kravitz welcomed 40 guests in the Bisha Suite, a 2,000 square foot duplex designed by Kravitz and his team.

Noteworthy guests included: TIFF Artistic Director & Co-Head, Cameron Bailey, MLSE President and CEO, Michael Friisdahl, film & music video producer, Director X and Canadian TV personality, Tyrone Edwards.

Your guide to star-spotting at INK venues during TIFF ’19

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is back for 2019 and a star-studded list of guests will flood the city for the festival’s 10-day duration. With TIFF comes the parties, events and interviews, which means the city will be on high alert for the best in celebrity sightings. INK Entertainment venues have been known to host a celebrity or two, so here are a few places in Toronto for your best chance at star-spotting.

Bisha Hotel & Residence

Home to the IMDB Studio at the Visa Infinite Lounge in previous years, Bisha is no stranger to a celebrity or two. The hotel hosts the world’s trendiest guests on the regular and the lobby bar – Mister C – been home to a few pre and after parties for TIFF films. Stars spotted in the past include Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney and Greta Gerwig.

 

Akira Back

Located on the second floor of Bisha Hotel, Michelin-star chef Akira Back, the buzz worthy menu, private dining room and cool decor designed by Studio Munge is enough to draw any celebrity in. Canadian icons Ben and Jessica Mulroney are loyal patrons of the restaurant, as well as Jessica Biel and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been spotted indulging in Back’s signature dishes.

 

KOST

The rooftop restaurant – located on the 44th floor of Bisha Hotel – has unparalleled views of Toronto and was recently dubbed the city’s best patio by BlogTO. Already a popular and Instagrammable destination for locals and tourists, you can bet the stars will want to take in the views and fresh menu, like Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Geena Davis and Martin Short have done.

 

Sofia Restaurant & Bar

While it may not be located right in the heart of TIFF action, Sofia is a pearl nestled in Yorkville and secluded from the hustle and bustle of downtown. The fine-dining destination offers Italian-inspired cuisine and a menu curated by executive chef Rob LeClair. The luxe space holds the charm of modern dining with a dash of Hollywood glamour, as well as a private outdoor patio – This checks every box for a TIFF event. Stars spotted in past include Drake, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum and Dan Aykroyd.

 

Byblos Downtown / STORYs Toronto

Byblos and STORYs are staple spots for star-spotting during TIFF. Byblos – the award-winning Eastern Mediterranean restaurant – has celebrities flocking each night to get a taste of the incredible menu, as well as being host to a few after parties. Sharing the same space, STORYs has been home to many a pre or post screening party, as well as the RBC Lounge. Stars spotted in the past include Jessica Chastain, Brie Larson, Emma Stone, Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey and Bryan Cranston.

 

Patria

Patria is the ultimate spot on King West for private dining and party experiences for TIFF events. The Barcelona inspired restaurant is discreetly tucked away and boasts impressive Spanish flavoured menu items. It has also has been host to a bevy of premiere parties, including an appearance by Ryan Gosling.

 

Weslodge

You cannot miss the big yellow doors when you’re walking down King Street – and neither can the biggest names in Hollywood. Weslodge has been the host to many a TIFF event and has had stars such as Richard Gere and Gary Oldman spotted inside. Matthew McConaughey even booked out the venue last year for an invite-only tasting of his Wild Turkey whisky.

 

Spoke Club

The exclusive members-only club has hosted many galas and premiere parties in the past. Now under the helm of INK Entertainment, Spoke Club boasts a newly renovated private rooftop patio and bar that will be idea for all A-list guests seeking the most exclusive events. Stars spotted in the past include Penelope Cruz, Bradley Cooper, Woody Harrelson and Gael Garcia Bernal.

Venture inside Bisha: Where Sophistication meets Spectacle

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Featuring award-winning restaurants, celebrity chefs, unbeatable city views, rockstar-worthy suites, art, culture and decor, see the hotel that has captured the world of travel, hospitality and design’s attention.

For reservations and more information, head to the Bisha Hotel & Residences website here.

Stars spotted at INK Entertainment & ICONINK venues during TIFF 2018

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars were spotted at INK Entertainment and ICONINK venues this TIFF to celebrate the premiere of their films. Between junkets and interviews at Bisha‘s IMDB Lounge, premiere parties at Patria, Weslodge, Mira, KOST and Mister C, to numerous spottings at RBC House in STORYS, TIFF stars were seen everywhere this festival.

View highlights in our photo gallery below.

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Photos courtesy of Jason Lynch, Joel Levy and Sonia Recchia (Getty Images).

Akira Back receives stellar review from the Globe & Mail

Special to the Globe & Mail, Jason Chow sat down at Akira Back located inside Bisha Hotel & Residences for an in-depth review of one of INK Entertainment‘s latest restaurants. The review highlights Chef Akira’s history, as well as a detailed description of the izakaya-style menu. Akira Back received three out of four stars from Chow and the Globe & Mail.

To read the full review, head to the article located here.

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