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.
Chef Yuka is a great chef and lovely person. We had great time with her as well as a beautiful and delicious sushi platter made by us ❤️
Thank you Yuka for the lovely class and the amazing green tea.
We have fallen in love with Gyoza and more importantly we have fallen in love with Yuka. The class was booked as an anniversary present for a sushi lover and couldn’t have been better.
We were lucky that there were some cancellations so it just myself and my boyfriend. The class was two hours, we ended up staying four and a half as we all had such an incredible evening! We learnt how to make Gyoza from scratch but most importantly Yuka made us feel completely welcome in her home - the music was on, the wine and beer were flowing, conversation constant, we didn’t want to leave!
From the moment we stepped in we felt like old friends coming round for a dinner party. Incredible experience, one we won’t forget for ages and we’ll be booking many more in the future of Yuka’s classes. She is brilliant! It’s sushi at the end of the day and should be fun and social and special. Which our class certainly was. The best host we’ve ever experienced. And a Five Star chef!
Thanks so much Yuka!
Tom and Mitchell x
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.