The word “Shikisai” is translated as “the colour of four seasons.”
Japanese foods are often designed to represent the colours of a season, or even all four seasons. Shikisai also evokes the source and provenance of quality ingredients we should always aim to use in our cooking – seasonal foods give a dish its unique taste and meaning.
Shikisai Cooking was founded to build Perth people’s knowledge and ability to cook Japanese food, and help them to create high quality, healthy family meals. We are a small group of Japanese cuisine teachers and assistants with a shared goal of sending our students home full of confidence and inspired to cook delicious Japanese food, whether it is for a quiet family meal or a large dinner party.
Growing up just outside of Osaka, professional chef Kyoko Yoshida has had a lifelong love of bringing fresh, quality ingredients to the table. Coming from a family of excellent cooks, Kyoko grew up learning the best traditional methods and practises of Japanese cooking, and her passion for cuisine was born.
Kyoko began her professional career as a registered nurse in Japan, food programming for patients with diabetes. She combined this knowledge of food and nutrition with her own passion, and after emigrating to Australia, opened her first restaurant in Perth in 2003. Working as a professional chef bringing high quality Japanese cuisine to the people of Perth, Kyoko decided to share her knowledge and experience in cooking Japanese dishes by opening Shikisai Japanese Cooking classes in 2015.
Kyoko believes food brings happiness, fun, and communication to relationships and that anyone who wishes to cook healthy, quality Japanese cuisine can master new cooking skills that will last for a lifetime.
For Kyoko, Shikisai is an opportunity to demystify Japanese cooking, provide people with the skills to create their own dishes and share her love of bringing delicious Japanese food to the table.
Kids Class Teacher