Essential Cooking: Chef James Rigato recaps his recent trip to Japan
Mabel Gray owner/executive chef James Rigato tells Ann Delisi why he is so inspired by Japanese culture.
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Tokyo is known for its incredible food scene — from hibachi to sushi, to the savory Japanese pancake okonomiyaki.
Chef James Rigato recently traveled to Japan to experience the country’s food culture first-hand.
What he found was a dynamic food culture that is both timeless and futuristic — thousands year-old traditions like tea ceremonies are juxtaposed with robots that prepare meals.
The result: an intoxicating and welcoming journey for the culinary traveler.
In this episode:
- Chef James Rigato’s takeaways from his trip to Tokyo
- What to expect from food culture in Japan
- Why Chef Rigato would try his hand at ramen but not sushi
- The value of chefs focusing on specialties
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