Chefs invited to learn Japanese cooking with BHA competition


The British Hospitality Association (BHA) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) have launched a competition to find seven British chefs to take a trip to Japan to learn the art of the country’s cuisine.

The Seven Samurai Chefs Tour of Japan has been designed to give up-and-coming chefs the opportunity to learn new skills around Japanese cooking.

To enter, chefs must submit a picture of their signature dish and 100 words on why the Seven Samurai Tour would make a difference to their career.

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It is open to all chefs in the UK with at least two years’ experience in a hotel or restaurant at chef de partie or sous chef level.

Entrants will also need an endorsement from their head chef or supervisor, outlining the applicant’s potential to incorporate Japanese techniques into their work.

The competition is open for entries until November 25, before each one is judged by a panel of industry experts including Hideki Maeda, head chef of world-renowned Japanese restaurant Nobu. The winners will be announced in early December.

The winners will be taken on a tour of the culinary hotspots in Japan, visiting Tokyo, Toba and Kyoto, immersing themselves in the country’s food culture and cuisine.

They will learn the art of sushi making, sashimi and tempura.

One of the chefs will also win the chance to collaborate with five-star airline ANA to create a light meal for its Business Class.

Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association said: “We’re committed to nurturing and growing the best of British culinary talent.

“This competition is part of that commitment and offers a unique chance for up-and-coming chefs to expand their knowledge and skills in one of the world’s greatest culinary arts.

“The UK has a growing affinity with Japan and Japanese culture and we’re delighted to collaborate with All Nippon Airways.”