We were introduced to the lovely Akemi a while ago by friends from Japan, Jeannie & Yuzuru Koga, founders of the iconic ‘Culture Shock’ fashion brand, back in the early 80’s. I went to meet her in London, not expecting the five course menu she had prepared; sushi, miso, tempura soft shell crab, black cod, green tea ice cream.
Akemi Yokoyama is a Japanese chef, presenter and culinary instructor based in London. Her regular classes at Sozai Cooking School have received fantastic reviews in both 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.
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.
Most lately, she was invited as a guest chef to HMS Queen Elizabeth while she was cruising around Japan, where she provided training to the onboard chefs, lectured and held special dinners for the guests.
Akemi is a member of Japanese Culinary Academy UK, is a certified miso sommelier and has the professional qualification WSET Sake Level 3.
Black cod is not at all related to cod, it is a superbly rich and oily fish from North Pacific. Made famous by NOBU, it is considered one of the most expensive fish to eat in restaurants, some charging up to £45 a portion. The black cod in Akemi's homemade blend of miso will be served as a main course.
· Welcome drink
· Sushi (5 pieces - salmon, mackerel, scallop, salmon/avocado roll, big roll with egg/spinach/shiitake/crab stick/cucumber)
· Home-made miso soup with root veg
· Softshell crab tempura with egg in dashi
· Black Cod and ginger rice, stem broccoli
· Homemade Green Tea Ice Cream, sweet red bean paste, merengue
· Tea, coffee