Chef’s Choice!

by Mari on September 10, 2015


Top Chefs Reveal Secrets to Culinary Success

Chef’s Choice is a collection of 22 mini memoirs that is at once an inspiration for aspiring student, professional, and home chefs as well as an insightful and entertaining behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to succeed in the hyper-competitive restaurant and hospitality industry. Since Saori Kawano opened Korin Japanese Trading, a NYC restaurant supply company, in 1982, she has made friends with many of the world’s most accomplished chefs, several of whom agreed to share with her the elements that make up their culinary and business success. In their own words, these kitchen luminaries tell about their influences and mentors, the techniques and Japanese ingredients that inspire them, tools they can’t work without, their unflagging devotion to the most stringent standards of service, and the pivotal role Japanese food culture has played in their cuisine and professional development. Like no other book, Chef’s Choice explains how Japanese food culture has changed culinary education and set new standards for Western cuisine, professional kitchens, and the modern dining experience.


Nobu Matsuhisa • David Bouley • Eric Ripert • Marcus Samuelsson • Michael Romano • Lee Anne Wong • Michael Anthony • Wylie Dufresne • Toshio Suzuki • Ben Pollinger • Toni Robertson • Eddy Leroux • Nils Norén • Yosuke Suga • Shinichiro Takagi • Suvir Saran • David Myers • Noriyuki Sugie • Elizabeth Andoh • Barry Wine • James Wierzelewski • Ben Flatt


Saori Kawano is the founder and president of Korin Japanese Trading Corp. and the founder of The Gohan Society, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the exchange of culinary culture between Japan and the United States.

Don Gabor is a professional speaker, networking expert, and the author of 12 books published by Simon & Schuster, Random House, McGraw-Hill, and others. The New Yorker called Don “a gifted conversationalist.”

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Keeping your knife in tip top shape!

by Wendy on October 21, 2016

Are you having trouble keeping your knives in good condition? Korin’s knife sharpener, Vincent Kazuhito Lau, shares his expert advice with Culinary Agents on how to keep your knife in tip top shape!

Always keep your knife dry. Constantly wipe during use.

Wash your knife with warm water and soap.

If there are minor stains or discolorations, use ajax and a wine cork to clean.

Use water stones to sharpen knives periodically.

If you have carbon Knives, coat the knife in a thin layer of oil to prevent rusting when stored.

Avoid using HARD cutting boards to help the knife stay sharp longer..

Don’t put your knife in the dishwasher!!!!


Mitsukoshi Restaurant in Epcot, Disney!

by Wendy on October 7, 2016

We had a great time at Mitsukoshi Restaurant in Epcot! Thank you Chef Shuichi Tanida, Nabi Saito and their team for inviting us for a knife sharpening demo!



Thank you for visiting our showroom Chef Chris Shepherd

October 6, 2016

Thank you for visiting our showroom Chef Chris Shepherd (Executive Chef/Owner at Underbelly in Houston, TX)

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Get out of Disney and visit Seito Sushi & The Osprey Tavern

October 6, 2016

Thank you Jason for inviting us in for a demo! Next time you’re in Orlando, remember to get out of Disney and stop by one of his two restaurants Seito Sushi & The Osprey Tavern

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Knife Sharpening Demo at Morimoto Asia, Disney Springs

October 5, 2016

Thank you Chef Yuhi Fujinaga and Morimoto Asia‘s whole team for the warm welcome and fabulous dinner.

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Knife sharpening demo at Boulud Sud & Bar Boulard

September 29, 2016

Thank you Boulud Sud & Bar Boulard for inviting us to your beautiful dining room for a knife sharpening demo!

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Chef Tony’s line up

September 27, 2016

Re-sharing photo of Chef Tony’s line up

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Nenohi Wa-Handle for the weekend!

September 27, 2016

Re-sharing photo from Rob Stein’s Nenohi Wa-Handle for the weekend!

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Fall menu by Chef Jorge Guzman

September 23, 2016

Re-sharing photo from Chef Jorge Guzman executive chef Surly Brewing Company Beautiful plating of the fall menu on Korin’s tableware!

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Thank you everyone for coming out to join us!

September 21, 2016

We had an amazing night last night at Chef’s Night! Thank you everyone for coming out to join us! We hope you had a blast. See you next year! Re-sharing photos from @mitsuko0214 @chefmikea @chefkwill @littleone212

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