January 25, 2017
Suntory Congratulates Newly Certified CIA Chefs
In a true display of "cultural exchange through cuisine," nine students from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) recently became the first American recipients of the Certification of Cooking Skills for Japanese Cuisine in Foreign Countries, granted by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) guidelines, upon completion of a new CIA course, Advanced Cooking: Japanese Cuisine.
The first phase of a broader Japanese studies initiative at the CIA which started following the opening ceremony on September 12th at New York City, the Suntory-sponsored course trained students in the art of Japanese cuisine for three months. Studies covered everything from the craft of simmering perfectly balanced dashi stocks, to preparing flavorful yakimono (grilled dishes) and agemono (deep-fried dishes), and on December 13 culminated in a masterpiece of a full kaiseki (traditional Japanese meal) dinner.
The multi-course kaiseki meal showcased the myriad of skills students gained from Chef Hiroki Murashima, of the world-renowned Tsuji Culinary Institute in Osaka, Japan, and from CIA's own Chef Martin Matysik. As a part of this cultural exchange and partnership with Suntory, Chef Murashima was invited as the newly created position, 'Suntory Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies.'
"As a company deeply rooted in Japanese culture for more than a century, Suntory is thrilled to join forces with the CIA to cultivate advanced Japanese cuisine and technique in the U.S.," Suntory president and CEO Takeshi Niinami stated in September during the launch of the new course in Hyde Park, New York.
"We are most honored to be the first U.S. institution authorized to certify culinary students as having achieved a significant level of mastery of Japanese cuisine," said CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan.
Sharing the rich cultural insights of Japan through this haute-cuisine partnership is another way Suntory is committed to growing "in harmony with people and nature." With strong commitments to the fine arts and musical endeavors, Suntory hopes to continue its mission of coexisting with and giving back to the communities we touch - near and far.
We thank Chefs Matysik and Murashima and our nine students who made this dream possible, and we look forward to sharing the art of Japanese cuisine to more people and future chefs in America.