Going against the grain, American chef Ivan Orkin moved to Tokyo to extend his culinary craft, opening his first ramen joint in 2007. Celebrated by connoisseurs and regular eaters alike, Orkin combines a meticulous and exacting dedication to the craft with his unique outsider’s perspective to create great bowls of ramen. Building upon his success in Tokyo, the self-described “Jewish kid from Long Island” moved back to New York to further his empire. Here, director Jake Sumner catches up with the noodle enthusiast to learn about the key components in Orkin’s signature dish, delving into each ingredients and its role in creating aromatic flavors. Enjoy the clip and head to Ivan Ramen for more on Orkin’s restaurants.