Akemi Yokoyama is a Japanese chef, presenter and culinary instructor based in London. Her regular classes at Sozai Cooking School have received very favourable reviews in national media, including Time Out and The Telegraph. She has also appeared on the popular TV programme, C4’s Sunday Breakfast, teaching the presenters how to make sushi. Her friendly teaching style is easy to follow and informative, she will teach the art of healthy Japanese home cooking to students at all levels.
Akemi’s enthusiasm for gastronomy originated early in her childhood in Sapporo, where enjoying the spoils of wild vegetable foraging and sea fishing were regular family activities. This drove her understanding regarding the importance of the freshest, highest quality ingredients together with exquisite taste pairings in Japanese food.
She demonstrates Japanese cooking in the UK and Europe at various diverse events and she regularly works with the Japanese government’s related organizations promoting Japanese cuisine to the media and public. Akemi was recently invited to the prestigious cruise ship MS Queen Elizabeth as the guest chef to entertain guests with the authentic Japanese cuisines and to train their chefs.
Akemi is a member of Japanese Culinary Academy UK, is a certified miso sommelier and has the professional qualification WSET Sake Level 3.
Akemi was trained in Tsuji Culinary Institute in Osaka, Japan. She is a certified Miso Sommulier by Tokyo Miso Industries Association, and holds a professional sake qualification WSET Level 3.
Bought this as a birthday gift for my boyfriend - we both loved it! Akemi is a very clear and attentive teacher, and kept us engaged! The sushi we learnt to make is so pretty and (most importantly!) delicious!! Would recommend to any sushi-lover.
Akemi is so calm and knowledgeable and the whole experience of preparing ramen from scratch was so rewarding! Most importantly the end result tasted simply amazing! Definitely coming back for more courses.
It was a great class for the price and the time allowed. I only wish it lasted longer and that we could have got a chance to make the filling ourselves. Even still, I learnt so much and can't wait to have a go at home.
The class was fun! Every step was well explained and the result was very tasty. I would highly recommend!