Taste of Japan

David Israelow from the United States won  the 1st Place

David Israelow from the United States won the 1st Place

Six contestants from the world competed for their highly skilled Japanese cooking

On Feb. 13th-14th, 2018, six finalists from 5 countries and regions gathered for the final tournament
of Washoku World Challenge the 5th competition held in Tokyo, and David Israelow (private chef) from
the United States won 1st Place.

The second place was a tie between two contestants, Christopher
Brian Massad (Tankuma Kitamise) from the United States and Daniele Codini (The Ned London) from

winners_26523872688_o(From left: Daniele, Christopher, and David)

The theme of the Competition this year was UMAMI, which contestants sent their two original recipes
(Suimono and Fuchidaka Mori) reflecting it for the application screening. Approximately 100 contestants
from 23 countries and regions had applied for the competition and 43 advanced to the qualifying

The Qualifying tournaments was held in six cities (London, New York, Los Angeles,
Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Tokyo) for the first time in the Competition’s history. At the qualifying
tournaments, they were judged strictly on their basic knife skills using Daikon (Japanese radish) and making Suimono using dashi.


(Application Process)

On day one of the final tournament, the screening was done by making New Year’s Nimonowan,
using same ingredients and preparation for their Fuchidaka Mori dish. On day two, contestants
completed five Fuchidaka Mori dish cooking in a limited time.


図1(David’s Nimonowan, and Fuchidaka)

The winner, David Israelow was selected for his sophisticated work reflecting traditional style and
menu. He was also good at choosing ingredients using his knowledge. For example, the spinach he
chose was one of a special type that is available only in winter season.

These aspects surprised the Head Judge of the Competition and all the judges were very much impressed by the high-quality
workmanship of every contestants.


■ FINALISTSfinalists_26523874788_o

Tokyo winner(Uniform Number 1)
Mr. Christopher Brian Massad (Tankuma Kitamise) from the United States図2

Hong Kong winner (Uniform Number 2)
Mr. Wai Leung Ronald Ho (Matsunichi) from Hong Kong図3

Bangkok winner (Uniform Number 3)
Mr. Jidtinan Yotapakdee(Nihon Tei Inter-Co.Ltd.) from Thailand図4

New York winner(Uniform Number 4)
Mr. David Israelow (Private chef) from the United States図5

London winner (Uniform Number 5)
Mr. Daniele Codini (The Ned London) from Italy図6

Los Angeles winner (Uniform Number 6)
Mr. Samuel Flores Garcia(Restaurante Suntory Lomas) from Mexico図7


Official website:http://washoku-worldchallenge.jp/5th/
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