Posted on Apr 12, 2019 in Hiroko's Blog

Here is a great opportunity for those non-Japanese chefs living abroad who want to commit 8 months to study the Japanese cuisine – seriously – here is a program: Japanese Cuisine Training Program, subsidized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan.

Those who can apply:

  • Non-Japanese living in Japan or abroad
  • Over 18 years old
  • Having language proficiency (both written and spoken) in English and/or Japanese
  • Having financial ability to support own living in Japan during the program, outside what are supported by the program
  • Conducting courtesy, integrity, good manners, good discipline and respect for the needs of others
  • Having physical/spiritual health
  • Having basic knowledge and skills of cooking and strong motivation to learn Japanese cuisine
  • Having responsibility of participating and completing all courses of the program
  • Contributes to promoting Japanese cuisine, food culture and Japan-produced ingredients after participating in the program
  • Tattoo – not recommended

Program contains:

  1. July 1 Opening Ceremony
  2. Japanese Language School study from July 3 – July 19, 2019
  3. Group training of basic Japanese cuisine at Japanese cooking school July 24 – August 30, 2019
  4. Individual training at restaurant  September 2, 2019 – February 23, 2020
  5. Final Examination  February 26, 2020
  6. Graduation  February 27, 2020

Expenses supported by the Program:

  • Round trip air ticket
  • Tuition for the Japanese language course
  • Tuition for the Japanese culinary school
  • Accommodation during the stay in Japan
  • National Health Insurance expense during the stay in Japan

Note: If you quit the Program at any time during the Program Term you will be asked to pay your airfare, language course, culinary school, etc.

Submission of application and screening:

Send e-mail to TOW (below) to request application form.


  • Application form
  • Graduate certificate of culinary school (if graduated from culinary school)
  • Copy of passport
  • Recommendation letter from the present employer
  • Pledge form
  • Medical examination report

Those who passed the first document screening will be notified to have a Skype interview.  Final result will be announced by mid of May, 2019.

‘Learn as if you were to live forever’ M. Gandhi

Best regards,