YOUR JAPANESE COOKING TEACHER
- Founder of Hashi Japanese Cookery School,
- Author of “Hashi Cookery Courses”, “Cook Japan, Stay Slim, Live Longer” and most recently launched “Japan – The World Vegetarian”
- 20 years of experience teaching Japanese cooking in UK’s first Japanese cookery school
19 years ago, Reiko Hashimoto set up Hashi Cooking, becoming the first person in the UK to teach the art of sushi. Today, she has set thousands of students on the path to creative and accessible Japanese cooking, coaching a range of talent from raw beginners to professional chefs.
Reiko’s work spread all over the world whereby she travels overseas to train chefs and cater for special parties. Recognition and Demand for Reiko’s work is greater as ever and it is her joy to share her culinary heritage with the world.
In 2011, Reiko released her first cookbook – ‘Hashi, A Japanese Cookery Course’ – with Absolute, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Pls and it was such a success amongst beginners and professional chefs alike that she has now published a second book ‘Cook Japan, Stay Slim, Live Longer’. Published by Bloomsbury in 2017, this book has been motivated by Reiko’s recognition that the Japanese diet is one of the healthiest and yet most delicious in the world – offering a sustainable life-long way of eating healthily.
Reiko has just finished writing her third book, and this published in April 2020. This will be a Japanese Vegetarian book taking a part of Bloomsbury’s World Vegetarian series. Reiko, Japan was chosen as one of the launch books of this entire series.
Reiko was born in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. She grew up in a traditional Japanese family with a food-fanatic mother who has shaped her love of Japanese cooking today.
After studying English Literature at university, Reiko started work as an air hostess and was based in Hong Kong, a foodie’s paradise. Travelling around the world with her airline broadened Reiko’s interest in food from all corners of the globe and so she decided to make a change and began a career teaching Japanese cuisine to foreign friends living in Japan.
Upon moving to London, Reiko set up a company called ‘HASHI’ to cater for Japanese formal dining and canapé parties. Many of those whom Reiko catered for asked if she could teach them how to cook, resulting in Hashi’s growth as a Japanese cookery school.