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List of the famous chefs from Japan. List includes some of the best chefs from Japan, along with photos when available. This list of renowned Japanese chefs is ordered alphabetically, but if you're searching for a specific chef from Japan then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for. List is made up of a variety of chefs, including Harumi Kurihara and Masaharu Morimoto.

This list answers the questions, "What famous chefs are from Japan?" and "Who are the greatest Japanese chefs?"

You can click on the names of the famous chefs of Japan in order to get more information about each one. If you're a food lover then use this list of popular Japanese chefs to discover some new cooks.

Chen Kenichi, whose name is often romanized Chin Kenichi in Japanese sources, is a chef best known for his role as the Iron Chef Chinese on the television series Iron Chef. Nicknamed "The Szechuan Sage", he wears a yellow outfit and rises into Kitchen Stadium holding a cleaver in his hand. He is the only Iron Chef to have held his position throughout the life of the show. He was born in Japan to ethnic Chinese father of Japanese nationality and his formal name is Ken'ichi Azuma. ...more

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Nationality: Japan

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Hanaya Yohei is generally credited as the inventor of today's Tokyo-style nigiri sushi at the end of Japan's Edo period. Sushi at his time was made from freshly captured fish from the nearby Tokyo Bay. This ruled out many of today's popular materials such as salmon roe. Even though Tokyo is a coastal city, food safety was still a concern before the invention of refrigeration. To prevent spoilage, Hanaya either slightly cooked or marinated the fish in soy sauce or vinegar. It was quite reasonable for people to dislike the fatty belly meat of tuna because it would decompose very quickly. Hanaya marinated the lean red meat in soy sauce. Then he served the sliced fish on vinegared rice balls ...more

Nationality: Japan

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Harumi Kurihara is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Chefs from Japan
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Harumi Kurihara is a celebrity homemaker and television personality in Japan. Kurihara has often been called the "Martha Stewart of Japan", and has enjoyed popularity there for over twenty years. She is the host of numerous television shows, author of Suteki Recipe, a quarterly recipe magazine which has sold 5 million copies, as well as over 20 bestselling cookbooks and style magazines, has a line of cookware named after her, and owns a chain of stores. Her homemaking empire is named Yutori no Kukan, which means "a space to relax". She has had sponsorship deals with companies such as P&G, Shiseido, 3M, Takara Distillers and Nissan. She was born in Shimoda, a coastal city, and never had ...more

Birthplace: Shimoda, Japan

Nationality: Japan

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Hiroyuki Sakai is a well-known Japanese chef who specializes in French cuisine. Sakai is most famous for being the second, and last, Iron Chef French on the Japanese television show Iron Chef, first appearing at the beginning of 1994 and continued his appearance in shows over nine seasons. Sakai has the third best winning percentage of the Iron Chefs, trailing only his Iron Chef French predecessor, Yutaka Ishinabe and the first Iron Chef Japanese Rokusaburo Michiba. His stature as the top chef on the show was formalized when he was named the "King of Iron Chefs" after emerging victorious from the show's grand finale, a tournament involving all the active Iron Chefs. He went on to defeat the ...more

Birthplace: Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan

Nationality: Japan

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