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.
Fantastic lesson, sensational food and lead with such passion. Booked for my husbands birthday, the 2 of us did not have any previous Ramen experience, only that we loved to eat it. The class was easy to follow, informative and fun! The food tasted amazing and the recipe was sent to us following the class. We made fresh noodles to eat after the class and also made some to take home, it is recommended to put them straight in the freezer once you return home so slightly difficult when this was a trip to London and we were staying in a hotel but did not ruin the experience and just made us more determined to make our own once we returned home. Fantastic!
I highly recommend an afternoon with Akemi on the knife skills sushi course. She is a lovely host and a very patient teacher. No skills required and you eat the sushi at the end!
I learnt so much at the ramen noodle class last night. From the subtleties of the different noodles bars in London, origins of the dish and the science behind why it tastes so good! We made everything from scratch including the noodles - the smell and taste were divine! Off to reproduce this for my friends this weekend! Thanks Sozai UK
We had a great time at this class. Akemi was a gracious host and so knowledgeable on all things Miso. We learned so much and are looking forward to trying the batches we made when they are ready. Akemi’s knowledge extends beyond miso of course and she happily shared her wider experience. Learning about sake was especially interesting. Thank you for a great time.