Yuka’s passion for Japanese cuisine began at a very young age, taught by her grandmother and mother in rural Kyushu. Her childhood was filled with daily trips to fish, meat and vegetable markets where her grandmother taught her how to source the freshest of ingredients. Yuka trained in the art of traditional Kaiseki cuisine at Tokyo’s highly regarded Kaiseki cooking school, Kinsa-Ryu.
Yuka’s extensive knowledge and expertise in Japanese home cooking and formal training enable her to teach with an approachable and friendly technique. Her concept focuses on using four main seasonal ingredients to create simple and delicious menus which are beautifully presented. Yuka is a big advocate for using local ingredients which are easily accessible and reasonable. With her creative flair and natural enthusiasm, Yuka’s classes are fun, practical and hands-on, whatever your ability. Yuka is also a committee member of CookBookFestival.
Brilliant teacher, explained all tips and tricks with humour. Made amazing sushi and now confident I can make my own! Would definitely recommend x
I contacted Sozai to take a customized class as I’m a private chef looking to elevate my knowledge and skills of Japanese cuisine, they were very understanding and helpful. I took a class with Yuka, who has incredible knowledge of Japanese cuisine (our focus was sushi, sashimi and Kaiseki) as well as Japanese culture and how it translates into food. Yuka is such an inspiring and lovely person, I not only learnt from a great chef, but made a dear friend too. I would highly recommend the same to another chef, but also home cooks that are wanting to learn.
I had a really lovely time at the Gyoza Cooking Class. It was a class of three people and we were taught to make Gyoza from start to finish (including pastry skins) in a comfortable atmosphere. I actually didn't want to leave after the 2 hours were up and I will definitely be going back again for another class.
We thoroughly enjoyed our cooking class at Sozai Cooking School . Yuka was a wonderful instructor, full of personality and showed us how easy it was to make Gyoza. We couldn't recommend it enough especially if you want to learn about Japanese cuisine. Th class was fun, relaxed and of course delicious!