About the Washoku World Challenge

This year, the Washoku World Challenge is going to be held online for the first time.

The "Washoku World Challenge" is a Japanese cuisine contest organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan for non-Japanese chefs deeply interested in Japanese cuisine and who are eager to improve their skills and knowledge.
During the 7th contest last year, the regional qualifying tournaments were held in five cities worldwide, and the final tournament with 5 finalists was held in Tokyo.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, serval policies have changed in order to ensure the safety of all participants.
The contest is going to be held online, without determining the First place. We have also expanded the scope for participation to include non-Japanese chefs of Japanese cuisine with less than two years of experience, chefs who are interested in Japanese food and food culture, and students who want to become chefs. We expect that holding the contest online will create new possibilities and opportunities!! Do not miss seizing this chance!

The theme of the contest is "My Japanese Cuisine".
We hope that you will all demonstrate your knowledge, skills, and passion for Japanese cuisine in your dishes and present them to the world!

We look forward to receiving your applications.

Participation benefits

Special Benefits of Participation at Every Stage!

Upon your application
we will provide you with special educational videos to learnthe essence of Japanese cuisine!
For those who pass the first stage
we will deliver a special kit to learn about Japanese food and food culture at home!
For successful finalists
we will offer a private online lecture by a top Japanese chef !

It is sure to be a special learning time and invaluable experience for the six finalists realizing their wishes.


A Message from the Head Judge

This year, the Washoku World Challenge will be held online.
While applications from Japanese cuisine chefs are expected, we also hope to receive applications from those who have absorbed the essence and spirit of Japanese cuisine, ranging from students to professional chefs.
And, we would like all applicants to incorporate the basis and technics of Japanese cuisine into their own unique dishes.
Then, in the next post-COVID-19 era, I sincerely wish the chefs to make dishes that will make people smile more around the world.
We look forward to receiving many applications!

Head Judge
Mr. Yoshihiro MURATA
Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador
Owner & Chef of Kikunoi
Chairman of Japanese Culinary Academy
Video Message

A Message from the Deputy Head Judge

As you are aware, we are unable to hold this year's Washoku World Challenge as usual due to the global impact of COVID-19. However, in order not to forget the ideas that “food brings joy” and “deliciousness brings pleasure”, we think we should not stop the contest. We decided to hold it online prioritizing everyone's health and safety.
We look forward for your application!

Deputy Head Judge
Mr. Masahiro NAKATA
Director of Taiwa Gakuen Education Inc.
President of Kyoto Culinary Art College
Video Message


March 15, 2021
6 finalists were given private online lectures
January 5, 2021
Release the videos on Japanese cuisine
December 21, 2020
6 Finalists have been selected!
December 4, 2020
Videos of 13 participants competing for the finalists have been released!
November 4, 2020
New articles released on Japanese cuisine
October 22, 2020
Announce the results of the first screening!
October 5, 2020
We closed applications, thank you very much for your participating.
September 1, 2020
Open for applications
September 1, 2020
Release the articles on Japanese cuisine