ANA’s hunt for seven talented British chefs to take off on a unique trip to Japan to learn the secrets of the country’s legendary cuisine has taken another step forward. The chefs have now been whittled down to ANA’s seven ‘Samurai Chefs.’ The up-and-coming chefs from the UK, were whisked across to Japan for an immersive culinary tour.


Hand selected by a judging panel including world-renowned Hideki Maeda from Nobu and Yuki Gomi of Yuki’s Kitchen, the chefs were given the full Japanese experience including the unique production methods behind popular local delicacies and visited some of the world’s most famous food markets, as well as renowned restaurants in Tokyo, Osaka, Toba and Kyoto.

As a result of the trip, the seven chefs created some spectacular results, including salmon donburi and popcorn-smoked dashi, to ponzu-infused calamari and zesty hibachi. Fighting off fierce competition, only one Samurai Chef will win the chance to collaborate with ANA’s own award-winning catering team to create a light meal for its Winter 2016 Business Class menu on ANA’s London – Tokyo route.

The winner will be announced soon, but in the meantime you have the ability to vote for your favourite on their Facebook page here. Take a look at all the entries here.

The Finalists





Posted by:Jonny Clark

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