Theme: The essence of Japanese cuisine
Motto: Food to stimulate all five senses
Izumi Nakamura (Izi) is an outstanding sushi chef and also a dietary consultant. Her background as a trained pharmacist, together with her unique experience and passion for Japanese cuisine, enables her to produce wonderfully enjoyable foods.
She grew up in Amakusa, a beautiful chain of five islands located in the south of Japan, a place blessed with delicious, natural and wholesome food.
Izi has never been far away from the joy that a shared food experience can bring. She is a down-to-earth teacher and gives creative demonstrations and lessons at Sozai Cooking School, Your Sushi schools, state and private schools around London, and has even appeared at Hyper Japan. As the founder of 5 Incorporated Ltd, Izi has delivered many successful events with her bespoke style of memorable catering.
Are you looking for a special experience, such as learning the art of making sushi? Do you want to share a Japanese/fusion dining experience with friends, family or VIP clients? Then Izi is the chef for you.
Q&A with Izumi
Q: What made you start cooking?
A: I have known many people improve their lives through a positive relationship with cooking. These experiences enabled me to alter my life as a pharmacist to become a cooking instructor. I enjoy learning new skills from the people around me - I even learn from my students! Most of all, I absolutely love creativity, making and sharing food with people I care about.
Q: Why do you think Japanese food is in demand all over the world?
A: Japanese food is beautiful, tasty and healthy. Miso, shoyu, tofu, sake, dashi, umami and many more are all Japanese treasures. I believe washoku (Japanese food) is recognised worldwide for its taste and presentation, which has its foundations in a deep philosophical spirit.
Q: What is your favourite British cuisine?
A: The roast, to share with friends and families.
Q: How do you think Japanese food has influenced British society?
A: Presentation of food is very important in Japan. The way food looks is the starting point. A good dish relies on balanced, freshly sourced ingredients. In fact, understanding the story behind the ingredients is required in order to extract the textures and flavours when preparing a dish. Japanese cooking techniques have raised an awareness of the importance of ingredients and are slowly but surely changing the way food is viewed in Britain.