About Reiko Hashimoto

reiko-hashimoto17 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 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.

In 2011, Reiko released her first cookbook – ‘Hashi, A Japanese Cookery Course’ – with Absolute Press, 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.