About Reiko Hashimoto
Reiko has been teaching Japanese cooking for over 12 years. In that time, she has set thousands of students on the path to creative and accessible Japanese cooking.
Reiko was born in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. She grew up in a traditional Japanese family with a food-fanatic mother who has shaped her love of Japanese cooking today.
After studying English Literature at university, Reiko started work as an air hostess and was based in Hong Kong, a real foodie’s paradise. Travelling around the world with her airline broadened Reiko’s understanding and interest in food from all corners of the globe. After leaving the airline, Reiko decided to make a career from cooking and teaching, by introducing Japanese cuisine to her foreign friends living in Japan.
Reiko then moved to London and set up a company called ‘HASHI’ to cater for Japanese dinner parties – from formal sit-down dinner parties to casual canapé parties. A lot of the people Reiko catered for asked if she could teach them how to cook, and so Reiko then decided to also teach Japanese cooking.
For more than 15 years, Reiko has been teaching people the joys of Japanese cooking, coaching a range of talent from raw beginners to cordon bleu-level chefs. She has appeared on television multiple times, featuring on programmes such as Good Food Live and The Great British Kitchen as a guest chef. She has also been featured in numerous magazine articles, and in 2011 released her first cookbook.