March 10th, 2023
The winner is Jakub HORÁK!
The Final Tournament was held on February 27 (Mon) and 28 (Tue), 2023 in Tokyo.
Six finalists from the Regional Qualifying Tournaments held in Paris, New York, and Singapore, and the Online Qualifying Tournament their skills as they competed for two days. Taking first place was Mr. Jakub HORÁK (Yamato Japanese Restaurant in the Czech Republic).
The finalists created a "Nimonowan" using specified ingredients as Assignment 1, and an Appetizer (five kinds of assorted dishes) on the designated Hassun plate as Assignment 2, in line with the theme “DASHI”.
Winner Jakub HORÁK said, “I never thought that I would win first place at all. I am so happy and simply cannot stop smiling. This will change my life in many ways, and it will be a big tailwind for my career. From now, I would like to become a Japanese cuisine ambassador and presenter to introduce people in my home country to the wide variety of great Japanese food that exists beyond Sushi, Ramen, and Tempura.”
Mr. Murata, head judge of the competition, said, “It was probably the first time to see contestants with such impressively high skills. All contestants were able to make DASHI well. These are wonderful chefs with their own individualities, so I look forward to their future. I hope they will continue to serve delicious Japanese cuisine. ”
Mr. KATSUMATA Takaaki, State Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Mr. MOGI Yuzaburo, Chairman of Washoku World Challenge Executive Committee, attended the opening ceremony.
First Place Jakub HORÁK (Czech Republic, Yamato Japanese restaurant)
Appetizer “Five tales of ume (plum) blossom leaves
Second Place YEO In Hyeok (Japan, Tokyo Ginza Mutsukari *Korean)
Yeo In Hyeok
Appetizer “Haru no Moriawase (Spring assort)”
Third Place Aeron CHOO Bonh Hin (Republic of Singapore, Kappou)
Aeron CHOO Boh Hin
Appetizer “Koshun (Taking steps towards next season)”
Czar TAGAYUNA (United States of America, Restaurant chef)
YOO Kok Hoong (Republic of Singapore, Fat Cow * Malaysian)
YOO Kok Hoong
Appetizer "Miyama no Hassun (Hassun plate of sea and mountain)"
YANG Peishih (Taiwan, Tsukiyoiwa)
Appetizer ”Haru no Fukiyose (Spring assort)”
Mr. MURATA Yoshihiro (Head Judge)
Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador, Owner & Chef of Kikunoi, Chairman of Japanese Culinary Academy
Mr. NAKATA Masahiro (Deputy Head Judge)
Director of Taiwa Gakuen Inc., Director of Taiwa Gakuen Hospitality Industry Development Center
Mr. YANAGIHARA Naoyuki
Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador, Executive Chef of Kinsa ryu Yanagihara Cooking School of Traditional Japanese Cuisine
Mr. TASAKI Shinya
Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador, Chairperson, Japan Sommelier Association
Ms. NOMURA Yuri
Chef/ Food Director for “eatrip”
Thank you very much for all the support!