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Kimura's Kitchen is owned and operated by myself, Joe Kimura Downie. I have many years of experience in Japanese kitchens, and I continue to challenge myself and learn so that I can share all the exciting knowledge and skills in my cooking classes. 

I've worked for many top chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Nobu and Yoshiro Murata (of Kikunoi restaurant in Kyoto, 3 michelin stars) as well as entered in several international and national cooking contests.

Kimura's Kitchen is one of the only Japanese Cooking Schools in Europe, and I am certified by the All Japan Sushi Association and Japanese Culinary Academy as an ambassador of Japanese cuisine overseas.

Below is a list of my main achievements and qualifications:

2019 - Certification of Cooking Skills for Japanese Cuisine in Foreign Countries, and recognition from the Japanese government MAFF

2019 - 3rd place at the Washoku World Challenge qualifier at the Cordon Bleu, Paris

2019 - Published a cookbook covering all aspects of Japanese cuisine with recipes and techniques, Kimura's Cookbook

2017 - Main chef at three events promoting authentic Japanese wagyu beef in Scandinavia, in association with the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture

2016 - Nominated in the top 10 non-Japanese chefs worldwide at the final of the Washoku World Challenge in Tokyo

2016 - Certified as a Sushi Advisor by the All Japan Sushi Association

2016 - Competed in the World Sushi Cup in Tokyo and completed the Kurobi Training Course with live eel filleting

2015 - Founded Kimura's Kitchen, Copenhagen

2013 - Winner of the Asian Cuisine Category at the National Chef of the Year, London

2012 - Runner up in the final of National Chef of the Year competition, officially the second best chef in the United Kingdom for that year, London

2011 - Winner of the Asian Cuisine Category at the National Chef of the Year, London

I'm also trained in the culinary art of Kaiseki, Japanese Haute Cuisine, and I organise private dining for exclusive events with products flown in straight from Japan to give the ultimate experience. Contact me at for pricing.



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