Participate Japanese cuisine competition

June 16 2019 Updated

Organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to promote the development of Japanese food culture, there are two annual competitions for overseas chefs of Japanese cuisine. Those who are eligible may participate regardless of their Japanese language skills.

These competitions are recognized by Japanese chefs, and in some cases, the winner gets an internship opportunity. Certainly, winning would lead to improved career prospects. The details are as follows.

Wolrd Sushi Cup


The World SUSHI CUP® is a competition held by the World Sushi Skills Institute. Taking place over three days every August in Tokyo, it will determine the world’s best overseas Sushi Chef. Regional competitions are held around the world until 40 chefs are finally selected to attend based on their knowledge of hygienic preparation methods and technical skills.

On the first day, a formal Kuro-obi (black belt) Workshop will be held, where participants will be asked to prepare Edomae Sushi such as Akagai (Ark Shell), Anago (Eel), Kohada (Japanese Shad), Aji (Horse Mackerel), Hosomaki (thin rolled makizushi) etc. Next, the Edomae Sushi Open Competition will take place on the second day, and is judged on how the participants make and present traditional Nigiri Sushi.

The 20 winners selected from the Edomae Sushi Open Competition will compete in the Creative Sushi Open Competition of the final day, and the winner will be decided by the overall score of the last 2 days.

Summary of World Sushi Cup Japan 2019
〇 Date: August 21 – 23, 2019

〇 Venue: Tokyo Big Sight East 5 / 6 Hall

〇 Eligibility
・Must have at least 5 years of experience making Sushi in Japan or abroad
・Must have WSSI training and certification
Or, must participate in the Kuro-obi (black belt) Workshop held on August 22nd (Wednesday) and qualify as one of the top 20 finalists selected by judges to participate in the Edomae Sushi Open Competition

〇 Organizer:
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

See the full details of world sushi cup

Introduction Movie on youtube

Washoku World Challenge


The Washoku World Challenge is a competition where cooks from around the world who work in Japanese restaurants compete to show the greatest passion and technique for Japanese Cuisine.

This Japanese Cuisine cooking contest is also sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and was held for the 6th time in 2019.
The 2019 qualifiers were held in five locations worldwide (Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Bangkok, and Osaka), and the six finalists were invited to the final competition held in Tokyo on January 29, 2019.

When applying online, you must submit one recipe and two photos of a selected exam dish, and if you pass, you may participate in one of the preliminary rounds held in other places worldwide. Winners of the preliminary rounds will be invited to the final competition in Tokyo. The travel and accommodation expenses for the 2019 final competition were paid for by the organizational committee.

The rules of eligibility are as follows.

・Must have more than two years of experience with Japanese Cuisine and must be a nationality other than Japanese (the current place of residence may be Japan or abroad)
・Must be able to participate in one of the preliminary rounds held at locations worldwide
・Past winners and participants may also participate

See the full details of Washoku World Challenge

Introduction Movie on youtube

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