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Upcoming Gourmet Weekend in LA!
Dining With The Chef's Rika Yukimasa matchmakes a marriage of Japanese cuisine and Californian wine.

September 1, 2016

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Dining with the Chef: a guide to making great Japanese food at home

Dining with the Chef is an internationally popular cooking program broadcast once a week on NHK World TV.
Chef Rika Yukimasa presents Rika’s TOKYO CUISINE, featuring easy-to-make Japanese recipes that can be prepared at home. Sushi, tempura and ramen have become popular restaurant choices throughout the world, which is one reason why people tend to think of Japanese cuisine as being difficult to prepare at home. But these represent only a fraction of what Japanese food culture has to offer. Everyday home cooking is extremely important in Japanese cuisine. Drawing on on her own experience as a homemaker, Rika introduces easy-to-make dishes that can be made without using special ingredients or techniques.

Rika calls herself a food "translator." She "translates" formal kaiseki dining and authentic Japanese cuisine into simple recipes that can be prepared outside Japan, and even by people who are unfamiliar with Japanese cooking. Rika’s priority is to make Japanese cuisine accessible and approachable, and you won't lose a thing in "translation"!

Rika became interested in cooking while studying at a college in California. Her host family offered her the part-time job of preparing their evening meals, which she did five days a week for two years. Looking back, Rika says that the experience of planning the menu, shopping for ingredients with a specific budget, and cooking efficiently so that everything would be ready by dinner time provided her with crucial basic training as a chef.

She adds that living away from Japan opened her eyes to the health benefits and sheer variety of foods that are served in Japanese homes.

Based in Tokyo, Rika has achieved fame in Japan and overseas as a culinary researcher and a role model for those who admire her lifestyle's great balance of professional accomplishment and private fulfillment as the mother of two daughters. On Dining with the Chef she often talks about her private life. The personal story behind each recipe adds so much to its appeal.

Dining With The Chef

Coming up next, a question and answer session with Chef Rika Yukimasa that reveals what makes her tick.

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