In recent years, Japanese cuisine has gained significant popularity overseas, and businesses involved in Japanese cuisine have been booming. The inscription of washoku, the traditional dietary culture of Japan, onto the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity has spurred this popularity on. Taken alongside the existing reputation of Japanese cuisine as a healthy choice, this new recognition of washoku speaks volumes about the high acclaim in which Japan’s culinary culture is held.

It is wonderful to see Japanese cuisine enjoy such popularity, but the truth is that understanding about the food of Japan lags behind its popularity. From our base in London, we are working to change this by promoting greater knowledge of and familiarity with Japan’s rich culinary heritage.

Our activities fall into three main categories. First, the provision of training and education for culinary professionals working with Japanese cuisine. Second, the provision of training, information, and networking opportunities to individuals and organisations working with or interested in Japanese cuisine. Third, the promotion of Japanese cuisine and of food education to the general public in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe.

The Japanese Culinary Academy UK also undertakes other associated activities relevant to its status as a voluntary and non-profit organisation.