Yuji Hiraoka was a longtime Laguna Beach sushi chef who worked at San Shi Go for 18 to 20 years. He left Laguna a few years ago to work at The Madison Club in La Quinta and was killed in a car accident on his way back from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Sept. 6.
Lindsay Smith, chef, and owner of Nirvana Grille, has set up a GoFundMe page to help his wife, Victoria, and cover the memorial service costs. You can find the page by searching “Passing of Sushi Legend Yuji Hiraoka” on Gofundme.com
Yuji and Victoria had their first date at Nirvana Grille in 2012. A celebration of life is planned Oct. 23 in Laguna Beach, and another will take place in La Quinta on a date to be announced. There may also be a paddle out and a golf-related event, as he loved the sport.View Our User Comment Policy