WASHOKU in Europe
The 6th Washoku World Challenge
Perhaps it was the inscribing of Washoku (Japanese cuisine) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2013 by UNESCO, but it continues to enjoy worldwide popularity.
There are currently around 118,000 Japanese restaurants throughout the world. This is three times more than there were three years ago. France and the U.K. have their own unique food cultures, but Washoku has attracted attention for being “low in calories” and “healthy.”
So, how can Washoku become firmly established? This program follows a Washoku chef who has been placed in charge of overseeing this mission.
Making use of his experience and skills cultivated at a long-established Japanese-style restaurant in Kyoto, he operates a Japanese restaurant in London. He has been striving to foster non-Japanese chefs. He does not hold back on sharing his wealth of knowhow every day, in the kitchen. He also works as a judge for the regional qualifying tournament of the "Washoku World Challenge", a Washoku contest held in Paris for European chefs.
The contest aims to rigorously judge the chefs who take on the challenges of deploying unique cooking methods, while paying careful attention to the new possibilities they offer us peek into.
This program focuses on new developments in the world of Washoku through a Japanese chef who devotes himself to the future of Washoku in Europe, and overseas Washoku chefs who strive in pursuit of their dreams.