Kaiseki: Secrets of an Embassy Chef Lecture Series

Secrets of Washoku Series Part 1

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

Dive into the world of Washoku Japanese cooking with a live interview and lecture on Kaiseki – a traditional Japanese multicourse meal – with our own Embassy Chef Ryo Iizawa!

Kaiseki is a traditional Japanese multi-course meal that evolved from early practices of offering foods to the gods. There are many rules governing Kaiseki, which are used to highlight five different tastes, colors, and cooking techniques. It is said that kaiseki is a meal where you are one with nature, as the food served often depends on what is freshest and in season.

Join us for an evening with Embassy chef Ryo Iizawa, as he presents the history and importance of kaiseki in Japanese culture, demonstrates kaiseki techniques, and lets you taste a few of his dishes!

This is part one of the Fall 2016 Secrets of Washoku Series. This series focuses on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of washoku, the traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese based on a set of skills, knowledge, practice and traditions related to the production, processing, preparation and consumption of food.


Chef Ryo Iizawa started as one of three chefs at a small Japanese restaurant, and still looks up to his boss from the time. He went on to work at the Royal Park Hotel before coming to the Embassy of Japan. “The chefs who used to work at the Embassy of Japan in the US have twice the experience we (Chef Iizawa and Chef Amemiya) do. That’s why we felt a great sense of responsibility when we were selected for the position,” Chef Iizawa said.

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