Chef

Biography

Born on December 8, 1982 in Tochigi Prefecture
2000 Sano Nihon University Secondary School
2000-2002 Tokyo Cooking College

Career

2000 Nishiazabu Chinese restaurant “Azabu Changjiang” (part-time)
2002 -2010 Nishiazabu Chinese restaurant “Azabu Changjiang” (full-time)
In 2008 promoted to Assistant Executive Chef, Nishiazabu Chinese
restaurant “Azabu Changjiang” at the age of 26
2011 – 2016 Roppongi Japanese restaurant “Ryugin”
In 2013 started up the Taipei branch of “Ryugin” and promoted to
Assistant Executive Chef at the age of 31
2017 Opened “Sazenka” in February ob 2017
2017 Achieved two stars of Michelin in Tokyo 2018

Tomoya Kawada – Executive Chef

「真味只是淡 True taste delicately remains」

This is a concept that I value very much in cooking Chinese food.
Every time I travel to China and encounter perfectly prepared traditional dishes, I feel its purity, depth, and clear taste.
I believe the essence of Chinese cuisine is “Where you can make the most of the ingredients’ taste” through skillful cooking and seasoning.

For this reason, it is most important “to know the nature of the ingredients”.

In China, ingredients from Guangdong to Sichuan are used to make the best dishes there. To make the best Chinese dish in Japan it makes sense to gather ingredients in Japan.

Japan is blessed by four seasons and with it an abundance of fresh and delicious ingredients. At Sazenka, I believe I am cooking a unique style, an overlap of the essence Japanese and Chinese food. With this, I hope to bring the essence of Chinese cuisine a little closer.