Yes Chef! An Interview with Chef Masayoshi Kitagata

If you come along to our stand (F810) at the BBC Good Food Summer Show in June, you’ll get a chance to learn how to make sushi from an internationally renowned sushi chef – Masayoshi Kitagata. But he’s also known as Danny.

So what was the driving factor that made him choose a career in food? As a child, Danny was surrounded by food as his mother ran her own noodle bar.

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As well as inspiring his interest in cooking, she was also his first teacher. His official training as a traditional Japanese chef took 10 years.

Despite this, Danny admits that noodles remain his favourite dish to this days. He came to the UK in the 70s to advance his training and to learn English. He fell in love with the country and has lived here ever since with Roast Beef being one of his British loves.

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Over the years he has chalked up some impressive credentials. He was head chef of a group of five London restaurants, was the regional Japanese head chef for the Intercontinental Hotel on Hyde Park Corner and has even appeared on the Disney Channel doing a sushi demonstration. He’s now the head chef of the Japanese Nomura Bank and also teaches his skills on a freelance basis.

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So where does he go in London for authentic Japanese food? Danny’s recommendation is the Yoisho Japanese restaurant in Goodge Street.

When not working, he loves traveling through Europe and is also a big motorbike fan as well as loving to garden. He is also keen on Ikebuna, the art of Japanese flower arranging.

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If you’re interested in learning sushi making with Danny, come along to our stand F810 to book a session. The show runs from June 16th to 19th at Birmingham’s NEC. We’ll also be offering a free Yutaka chopping board and udon noodles on a first come, first serve basis.

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