koko okuda is a food researcher specialized in Japanese cuisine with instructor qualification of Kinsa-ryu, and also in Italian cuisine.

I am very passionate about sharing my food experience and knowledge through various ways. My activities include organizing and teaching fun cooking classes, writing food related articles often based on visits to local producers, and providing catering services both in Japan and abroad.

koko's Cooking Class

My cooking class is open to anyone who is interested in learning how to make a variety of Japanese and/or Italian dishes. Both Japanese and non-Japanese people are welcome, and participants will begin to learn the basic skills of cooking Japanese food, which is the basis of kaiseki-ryori (a traditional simple meal served before tea ceremony).

Lessons start from learning about the story behind the day’s menu and ingredients, chosen for their seasonality and even traditional meaning. We then move on to a practical cooking session. I demonstrate and you follow, with hands-on instruction. Once the dishes are ready, you will enjoy tasting them.

My lessons are usually held either at my apartment or in kitchen studios. I am happy to arrange special classes at a requested location, for example a client’s house. The agenda and menu can be tailor-made, from a basic instruction course to a fully customized lesson to suit students' personal interests or requirements, for example, to prepare for a home party, focus on a special ingredient, learn how to cook an elaborate dish, and so on.

I will be more than happy if we can share a happy moment over good food!