A Guide To Culinary Schools In Japan
Aspiring chefs can find top-notch schools here!
Have you ever wanted to learn how to master traditional Japanese dishes such as sushi? Or does the idea of studying to become a chef in a culturally rich country such as Japan sound exciting and adventurous? There are many culinary schools in Japan that offer either training in tradition Japanese fare or in classic methodology. Aspiring chefs can find top-notch schools here that offer the training to start a career and a beautiful setting to learn about new customs. If you are considering studying to become a chef, here is a little information about some of the top culinary schools in Japan:
Le Cordon Bleu – Tokyo (http://www.cordonbleu.edu/lcb-tokyo/en)
Le Cordon Bleu is the “little France” in Tokyo, and chefs can come here to learn traditional French and gourmet cooking techniques. Programs are offered for cuisine and patisserie, boulangerie, and wine and cheese. There are also short-term courses for foodies who just want to learn more about these techniques. Classes are taught in either Japanese or French, so you’ll need to brush up on your language skills before you enroll. There is also a campus in Kobe.
Hattori Nutrition College (http://www.hattori.ac.jp/)
This culinary school was made famous by The Iron Chef when its students were featured as assistants to competing chefs; Dr. Hattori also acted as an advisor to contestants. This elite school features state-of-the-art facilities and teaches classic and contemporary cooking techniques. Again, you’ll need to brush up on your Japanese if you want to enroll. Students must meet language requirements before they can be accepted.
Tokyo Sushi Academy (http://www.sushischool.jp/)
Take a short workshop or enroll in a professional course to learn how to master the art of creating sushi at this school in Japan’s capital. Private lessons and tailored courses are also available. This is one of the few culinary schools in Japan that offers courses in English.
Tsuji Cooking Academy (http://tec-tsuji.com/english/)
Located in Osaka, “the heart of Japanese cuisine,” this cooking academy was founded ” develop superior specialized instruction manuals and thus pursue new cooking techniques and theories while respecting the traditional good taste of Osaka.” Courses are taught in traditional Japanese, Chinese, and Western cooking techniques, baking, nutrition, restaurant management, and more. Courses are also taught in English.
Edo Tokyo Soba (http://www.edotokyosoba.com/)
Aspiring chefs and food enthusiasts can learn the art of making soba noodles and related traditional Japanese dishes at this professional school. A professional program is available, as well as short-term classes. All instruction is in Japanese.
These programs all provide many wonderful opportunities to pursue culinary training in a beautiful country with a rich cultural history. However, as with any formal course of study, it is always best to thoroughly research program options and requirements before you make a commitment. Study in a foreign country also comes with additional requirements, such as securing a visa for study and obtaining enough financial aid to support you during your stay as you will not have privileges to work in the country. Contact representatives with the school to learn more about program options and to discuss special requirements and other considerations.
Bridget Sandorford is a grant researcher and writer for CulinarySchools.org. Along with her passion for whipping up recipes that incorporate “superfoods”, she recently finished research on: http://www.culinaryschools.org/top-culinary-schools/ and http://www.culinaryschools.org/us/massachusetts-cooking-schools/