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 learnt how to fillet Sea Bream and slice for sashima and sushi. I have since gone to Moxon's fish monger and bought some sushi grade fish and tried filleting at home. Something I've been wanting to learn for years. Thank you Akemi.
I really appreciate the lesson given. I wanted to know how to cook ramen, so the class was really helpful for me. In addition, it was pretty clear and the professor also gave us additional insights on how to enjoy different kinds of ramen. It was a blast.
I have done many cooking courses in my life but this ranks as one of the best. Akemi has a true passion for the food being made and this manifests itself through her detailed instructions, inside tips and personal experiences. As a small class, Akemi ensured that we were all well looked after - assisting us where required and answering any and all questions we threw at her. I honestly could not fault it! I would definately attend a class she hosts again!
Wonderful teacher and course , with fantastic attention to detail and just amazingly tasty result! Would highly recommend. A.