This September Japan Centre’s Gekkeikan Master Cooking Competition will, for a second year running, call on budding chefs and cooks alike to compete to become the new Gekkeikan cooking master.

Entrants will be asked to create two recipes, one savoury and one sweet, that feature sake as a key element. A panel of judges to include Andrew Kojima (MasterChef Finalist), Yukimasa Noda (Gekkeikan Sake Brewery), Rie Yoshitake (Sake Samurai), Anna Greenhouse (Harpers) and Kanji Furukawa (Shoryu Ramen’s Executive Chef) will then pick a selection of finalists to go head to head on 22nd January at School of Wok. Entrants will be asked to apply online from Sept 12th here.

The winner will be rewarded with an exclusive trip to Japan including a sake brewing course at Gekkeikan in Kyoto. Runners up prizes include a sake sommelier course at the Sake Sommelier Academy in London, dinner for two at soon-to-open high end Japanese restaurant and sake bar Sakagura and Gekkeikan sake with a sake glass.

Entries to the competition open on September 12th and close on December 12th with finalists being announced on January 4th.


Japan Centre

Japan Centre’s mission has always been to offer the best value Japanese food both in store and online, the best variety and the best service. Japan Centre has a diverse range of services for Japanese living in the UK & Europe, and for those simply interested in the exciting world of Japanese food and culture. Recently the Japan Centre was selected as 1 of 1000 companies that inspire Britain in 2016  by the LSE

Tak Tokumine Japan Centre and Shoryu Ramen CEO

A successful entrepreneur and a key figure in the ethnic food market, Tak gained invaluable business skills working for his family’s steel mill in Fukuoka, before marrying and settling in the UK in 1975. From its beginning in 1976, Japan Centre has grown to become one of the most influential and well known Japanese stores in the UK and Europe.


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