Washoku Chefs’ Challenge in Bangkok
The Washoku World Challenge, being held for the sixth time this year, is a tournament to decide the No. 1 non-Japanese Washoku chef in the world, and a regional qualifying tournament was held in Bangkok, Thailand. Washoku (Japanese cuisine) has become popular in the city that epitomizes the economic growth of Southeast Asia. Of the eight contestants from five countries who took part, three were local chefs from Thailand, all working for high-end Washoku restaurants in Bangkok; a secluded but popular sushi restaurant, a restaurant in a luxury department store popular with shoppers and businessmen, and an authentic Japanese restaurant that is even visited by the Japanese Imperial Household. At the restaurants where they work, they were all trained daily under the passionate supervision of Japanese head chefs. The program will provide special coverage on how the Washoku contest is reported in a popular program on MCOT, a Thai state-owned public broadcaster.