Cooking binds Sachiko to her family's history. It is part of family banter that Sachiko's first encounter with the world was the scent of vinegar drifting from her mother's hands, a result of years of making sushi for their restaurant in Japan. Helping in her parent's business formed a focal part in Sachiko's upbringing.
Japanese food remains central to Sachiko's life. In 2009 she visited Japan to research Kobe Beef and was given access to film to document different layers of the industry visiting farms, auction houses, specialist butchers and restaurants. In 2011 a visit to Koya-San, a Buddhist Temple Complex in Japan led to research on Shojin Ryori - vegetarian Buddhist monk food.
Through her allotment she has tested how Japanese vegetables would fare on foreign soil, such as mizuna, shungiku and gobo, all with mixed results. It was these experiences with vegetables that attracted the production team behind Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall where she featured in River Cottage Veg Heroes.
In recent years Sachiko has developed her craft in the London kitchens of Wabi in Holborn, Mitsukoshi in Piccadilly and as an assistant to the Head Chef at Umu, a Michelin-star Japanese restaurant in Mayfair, London. She proceeded to develop her skill with fish at Atari-Ya, a Japanese fishmonger also in London, producing sashimi for a largely Japanese clientele.
Sachiko continues to teach Japanese cooking at Leiths School of Food and Wine, London, Demuths Vegetarian Cookery School, Bath and Harborne Food School, Birmingham alongside invitations to cater privately in private homes and public venues.
|Class Name||Duration||Start Date|
|Katsu Curry – Sunday, 27 October, 2019||11.00 - 14.00||October 27, 2019|
|Soba Noodles and Tempura – Sunday, 20 October, 2019||11.00 - 14.00||October 20, 2019|
|Ramen and Gyoza – Saturday, 12 October, 2019||10.00 - 16.00||October 12, 2019|
|Sushi Masterclass – Saturday, 5 October, 2019||11.00 - 14.00||October 5, 2019|
|Japanese Tofu Making – Sunday, 22 September, 2019||14.00 - 17.00||September 22, 2019|
|Shojin Ryori (Japanese Vegetarian) – Sunday, 22 September, 2019||10.00 - 13.00||September 22, 2019|