About the Washoku World Challenge

The qualifying tournaments will be held ONLINE and the final will take place in Tokyo this year.

The “Washoku World Challenge” is a Japanese cuisine contest organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan for non-Japanese chefs who are deeply interested in Japanese cuisine and who are eager to improve their skills and knowledge.
For years, we used to organize regional qualifying tournaments overseas and then the final tournament in Tokyo for the chefs who successfully passed the regional tournaments.
However, last year, we were obliged to modify this policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In consideration of the safety of all participants, we decided to hold the contest online that was open to all non-Japanese chefs and culinary students who were interested in Japanese cuisine and food culture.

In consideration of the continuing COVID-19 infections, the forthcoming 9th Washoku World Challenge will continue to hold qualifying tournaments online, and the final tournament will take place in Tokyo, as before, to determine who comes out on top. The theme of this year's Washoku World Challenge is “Goho‐Five methods" or, the five cooking methods of Japanese cuisine; “Nama” (cutting), “Niru” (simmering), “Yaku” (grilling), “Musu” (steaming), and “Ageru” (deep-frying). We hope and expect the participants to demonstrate to the world that refined Japanese cuisine, in its essence, is very good at bringing out the natural flavor and taste of the ingredients.

We look forward to receiving many applications!

Participation benefits

Six Finalists Will Be Invited to the Final Tournament in Tokyo!

— Special Benefits to the Finalis —

To obtain the “Bronze Certificate and Badge” to certify your Japanese cooking skills and knowledge.

“The Certification of Japanese Cuisine Cooking Skills in Foreign Countries”*1 is a scheme which the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan certify that one’s Japanese cooking knowledge and cooking skills have reached a certain level.

To learn about Japanese ingredients and Japanese cuisine in Japan - the home of washoku.
To learn directly from a top Japanese cuisine chef in a special Japanese cooking workshop.

*Please note that the contest may be canceled, postponed or changed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


A Message from the Head Judge

This year, the Washoku World Challenge will be held in a different way. We are planning to hold the qualifying tournaments online and the final tournament in Tokyo.
As was the case last year, the competition is open not only for Japanese cuisine chefs but for chefs of all genres of cuisines as well as for culinary trainees.
This is the only international Japanese cuisine competition that the Government of Japan organizes. I hope you will establish a leading position as a Japanese cuisine chef by applying to and winning in this competition.
Because we are in a difficult time today, let's try harder to make dishes that make people smile towards a brighter future.
I look forward to receiving your applications and meeting you in Tokyo!

Head Judge
MURATA Yoshihiro
Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador
Owner & Chef of Kikunoi
Chairman of Japanese Culinary Academy
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Advices from the Deputy Head Judge

The theme of the Washoku World Challenge this year is “Goho”, the 5 basic cooking methods of Japanese cuisine.
We are planning to select 15 contestants by the document screening and 6 contestants by the video screening.
These 6 contestants will be invited to the final tournament in Tokyo to compete with others by demonstrating their cooking skills and techniques in front of the judges.
By applying to this contest, I am sure that you will be able to develop further your knowledge and techniques of Japanese cuisine. I also believe your challenge this time will be a turning point in your life.
There's no need for hesitation. We are waiting for your challenge.
Good luck!!

Deputy Head Judge
NAKATA Masahiro
Director of Taiwa Gakuen Inc.
Director of Taiwa Gakuen Hospitality Industry Development Center
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