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 the Japanese Culinary Academy UK, is a certified miso sommelier and has the professional qualification WSET Sake Level 3.
I loved this class. Teaching was really friendly and gives out a ton of information. They took a dish I personally found to intimidating to try and cook and gave me the confidence to cool this at home.
A fabulous class in a very warm and welcome home. Very knowledgable Teacher, who taught us so much more than expected. The food was delicious, exactly what we had hoped for. The class size was a perfect number. Couldn’t recommend this class enough. We look forward to coming back for lots more.
Really enjoyed the lesson and making our own ramen from scratch. The prep is done well and the timing precise to get everything done in the 2 hours with lots of explanation along the way. Akemi and her assistant keep everything going like clockwork!
Tasted spectacular and great you get to eat your very own noodles! A lovely treat to finish the lesson.
My girlfriend and I loved this course. Delicious sushi, useful insights and fun techniques were all delivered with a relaxing and warm atmosphere. The class size was kept small so we were easily able to ask questions and receive feedback. Akemi was a perfect host and her onowledge of Japanese cooking was impressive. Highly recommended!