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Soba Noodle & Japanese Whisky Master Class with Candice Kumai

November 6, 2020 @ 5:00 pm


Do you enjoy watching cooking shows? Are you a fan of Japanese cuisine? Then this is the program for you!

Come join us for an exclusive demo with Candice Kumai, a renowned Japanese-American chef, six-time best-selling author, and featured guest star on Selena Gomez’s new hit HBOMax series Selena + Chef. During her live presentation, Candice will demonstrate how to prepare mouthwatering and authentic Japanese dishes that you will love to devour. She will also be sharing some great tips on how to incorporate delicious Suntory whisky into your own recipes, for maximum flavor and style.

Be sure to check out Candice’s cooking videos and her books for more inspiration. We look forward to seeing you at the demo!

セレブリティシェフのキャンディス・熊井が日本食の魅力をデモンストレーションを交えながら解説します。一回目の11/6 (金)は抹茶とお蕎麦。そして、幅広く愉しめるウイスキーとのペアリングについても取り上げます。ウイスキーファンのみなさまも、抹茶やお蕎麦好きなみなさまも、お見逃しなく!(Zoom 英語プログラム: 無料)

ポーランド系アメリカ人の父と日本人の母のもとカリフォルニアで生まれ育ち、ル・コルドン・ブルーで学んだ後、シェフに。料理本はどれもベストセラーを記録し、企業とのコラボも引く手あまた。現在はセレーナ・ゴメスが司会を務める、HBO MaxのSelena + Chefにも出演中。



Date and Time:
November 6, 2020 @ 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)
November 7, 2020 @ 10:00 AM (Japan Time)

Price: FREE!


5:00-5:05 PM – Welcome Remarks and Zoom Tutorial Kendra De Nike | Office Administrator, Japan Society of Northern California

5:05-5:13 PM – Introduction and Discussion Candice Kumai, moderated by Namiko Kajiwara | Partner, World Innovation Lab

5:13-5:23 PM – Matcha Demonstration

5:23-5:45 PM – Japanese noodle and Whisky demonstration featuring Shigeharu “Tommy” Tamaya | Luxury Portfolio Manager, Northern California, Beamsuntory

5:45-6:10 PM – Q&A

6:10-6:15 PM – Closing Remarks Takahide Akiyama | President, Japan Society of Northern California


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Our Amazing Speakers:

Candice Kumai     

Candice Kumai
Named “The Golden Girl of Wellness” by both ELLE and Forbes, Candice sits on The Well+Good Council and was recently chosen as one of Arianna Huffington’s “Top 20 New Role Models.” She is a classically trained chef, former TV host, and former-model-turned journalist. A six-time best-selling author, her latest book, Kintsugi Wellness, combines her wellness wisdom and traditional Japanese heritage with a culinary prowess.


Shigeharu Tamaya

Shigeharu “Tommy” Tamaya | Luxury Portfolio Manager, Northern California, Beamsuntory
As the Luxury Portfolio Manager of Beamsuntory Northern California, Tommy Tamaya is responsible for establishing the Highball strategy and lead the team to build up Highball culture in Northern California. Also he conducts and supports Japanese whisky seminar and event for the trades and consumers. Originally, he joined Suntory in 2007 and worked in the Beer and RTD* section of the National Chain Division, where he focused on sales to many major supermarkets in Japan. After going through a training program in India, he became responsible for the export of whisky and liquor products to countries such as India, Brazil, and Mexico. He then moved to the International Strategy Department, where he was involved in the M&A of Jim Beam.
*RTD: Ready to drink



Namiko Kajiwara

Namiko Kajiwara | Partner, World Innovation Lab
Namiko is Partner, Corporate Innovation at World Innovation Lab. She is an innovator and advisor in food. Her first smash hit was Kirin Free in 2009, the worlds’ first 0.00% non-alcoholic beer. After acquiring an MBA at Stanford in 2015, she joined World Innovation Lab. She works with Japanese companies and local talents to launch food innovation projects, such as Stonemill Matcha and Air Restaurant. Stonemill Matcha is a California-style matcha cafe in San Francisco. Air Restaurant was bringing Japanese top chefs to the Bay Area, creating special pop-up dinners with local top chefs. She is also a speaker, mentor, and lecturer at conferences and schools, including Stanford, FoodInno, Nikkei Ag/Sum, and more.


Generously supported by the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
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Whisky kindly provided by Suntory
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November 6, 2020
5:00 pm
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