Final Tournament Of The 10th Washoku World Challenge To Be Held In Tokyo
Six finalists selected from the qualifying tournaments will be competing
The “Washoku World Challenge” is an international Japanese cuisine competition designed for non-Japanese culinary professionals with a passion for Japanese cuisine. Organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, the competition was developed to further promote and develop the skills and knowledge in this field.
This annual competition has been held online over the past two years, for obvious reasons, but will be returning to an in-person format this year. The 10th edition takes place in Tokyo on 27 and 28 February 2023 and we are extremely excited to see these talented cooks turn up the umami in person again. “DASHI” is the theme for the “Washoku World Challenge” this year. The theme celebrates the Japanese soup stock that forms the cornerstone of most Japanese dishes, especially, the ever popular “RAMEN”.
In the Regional Qualifying Tournaments of the “Washoku World Challenge” in Europe, North America, and Asia and the Online Qualifying Tournament held between October and December 2022, contestants served up dish after dish featuring “DASHI”. After rigorous rounds of judging, six finalists were selected to advance to the Final Tournament.
Past competition winners have also been invited for interviews and speaking opportunities at various events, with some even appearing on local television and getting headhunted by famous hotels. Visit the special “10th anniversary” page of the “washoku world challenge” to see these updates.
Vying for honours in this year’s competition are Jakub Horak (Europe), Czar Tagayuna (North America), Aeron Choo Boh Hin (Asia), Yoo Kok Hoong, the second place finisher from Asia. Also in the finals are Yang Peishih and Yeo In Hyeok, finishers of the online qualifying tournament.
Meanwhile, the head judge is Judge Murata Yoshihiro, while Judge Nakata Masahiro will serve as the deputy head judge. They will be joined by Judge Yanagihara Naoyuki, Judge Tasaki Shinya and Judge Nomura Yuri.
Check out the Official Washoku World Challenge Website for further updates on the competition.