Robert De Niro shies away from the kitchen - despite owning a hugely successful global restaurant chain. The actor is about to open Nobu's 17th branch in Hong Kong with business partner and celebrity Japanese chef NOBUYUKI MATSUHISA but, despite enjoying dining at his restaurant, De Niro stops short of offering culinary tips. Matsuhisa says, "He likes to eat. He likes to drink. But he never stays in the kitchen. "He's a good partner. He understands my philosophies. He trusts me 100 per cent about the food." The actor is expected to attend the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong branch of Nobu in February (07). His restaurants are also located in New York City, Milan, London and Tokyo.