Japanese Master Class


Chefs gathered on the 5th of February for a Master Class in Japanese cooking. This class was held at the kind invitation of the Embassy of Japan in Cairo and the Japan External Trade Organization – JETRO. Among the chefs attending were many working in Asian and specialized Japanese cuisine restaurants. The cooking class was conducted by Eiji Hagimoto, the Chef of the Japanese Ambassador’s residence, and was kindly hosted by the Semiramis InterContinental Cairo.

The chefs learned how to make Strawberry Daifuku (strawberry wrapped in Mochi), Chawanmushi (steamed egg custard) and tempura. Daifukumochi, or Daifuku, is a Japanese confection consisting of a small round mochi stuffed with a sweet filling. Daifuku comes in many varieties. Mochi is Japanese rice cake made of mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice. The rice is pounded into paste and molded into the desired shape.
Due to its popularity special attention was given to the technique of making sushi. Chef Eiji Hagimoto showed how to make Futomaki-sushi (thick sushi roll), Uramaki-sushi (California roll) and Nigiri-sushi (sushi shrimp, tuna & salmon).The class was concluded with a tasting lunch so that all chefs could familiarize themselves with the authentic taste of Japanese cuisine.

The Egyptian Chefs Association wishes to thank the Embassy of Japan in Cairo and JETRO for their kind invitation to familiarize the chefs with Japanese cuisine and wishes to thank the Semiramis InterContinental Cairo for hosting the class.

Participants List

Abd Allah Fath El Baba, 1st Commis, Shogan Restaurant – InterContinental Cairo Citystars
Adel Masoud Al Aref, Chef, Kiyamma Restaurant-Asian – The St. Regis Cairo Hotel
Adham Abdel Maksoud, Chef, La Vie Restaurant
Amgad Michel Abdel Malek, Chef, Rashawady Restaurant – Le Meridien Heliopolis Hotel
Assem Abdel Hady, Chef de Cuisine, Kazoku Restaurant
Hussein Mokhtar, Chef de Cuisine –Japanese, Torri Restaurant
Lara Mohsen, Chef, Arabesque Development Kitchen
Moamen Mohamed Habashy, Chef de Cuisine, Kamala Restaurant, Conrad Cairo Hotel
Moamen Shawky, Demi Chef de Partie, Kazoku Restaurant
Mohamed Adel Abdel Maguid, 1st Commis, Casper & Gambini’s
Mohamed Salah, Food Blogger
Omnia Mohamed Hamed, Chef de Cuisine – Sushi Chef, Yana Restaurant
Sameh Attia Abdel Motaleb, 1st Commis, Spectra Restaurant
Yasmine Taeaa, Chef, Yamamia Kitchen
Yasser Abdel Moniem, Chef de Cuisine, Kamala Restaurant, Conrad Cairo Hotel

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