Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Fumiko provides cooking instructions include home cooking Basics, Japanese cooking basics in 5 classes, and Cooking with Asian ingredients. Classes are taught at Prune Kitchen or your kitchen. Example of classes are Sushi rolls step by step, Chinese dumplings and spring rolls, and Simple Thai food at home. Ingredients tour at Asian grocery is available upon request before the cooking class.
Sushi rolling demonstration is available at your location from $250.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. I have been teaching cooking classes at Marysville parks department since 2011.
I have given private hands-on cooking cooking classes at Prune Kitchen . Classes includes Sushi classes, personalized private Home cooking Basics classes, and Custom Asian style cooking classes, and Japanese home cooking basics classes.
I taught adult and toddler cooking class at Seattle parks and at Prune kitchen.
I have planned and coordinated cooking together meetup to cook world cuisine with up to 15 people since 2011.
I was volunteer cook since 2010 and am a sous chef at Club Bamboo of Asian Counseling Referral Services cooking 60-80 servings of healthy lunches.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. A customer may meet a instructor in advance to find out his/her style of teaching and feel comfortable learning from him/her. The customer may ask questions about dishes which they like to learn to cook and may tell how much they like to spend for the cooking class. To have successful class, the student may discuss with the instructor about their goal of taking cooking classes and how to reach it. The customer may notify the instructor about specific needs and restriction of their diet to ensure the menu of the cooking class can accommodate their requirement. Let the instructor know which style of class, hands-on, or demonstration.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I specialize Asian home style cooking. They are Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and some Vietnamese and Thai.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I like when my students are happy in my cooking class, that the students liked dishes created in the class and tell me they will cook the dishes at home, the students ask questions during the class and they take photos of their own creation at the end of class to share the friend. The students have a good time to learn something new to try out at home in the class. The Students tell me that the family member of students liked to eat dishes which they learned at the class. The student comes back to take another class.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. A student came to learn Sushi roll because her son love it. She didn't like Sushi. After learning to make Sushi roll and taste it. She started liking Sushi.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I cook not only Asian meals but all kinds of food from scratch include American, Italian, Mexican, and middle eastern.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I love to cook very much and am happy cooking. I wanted to share my love of cooking with others by showing how to cook. I started teaching Sushi roll making to my friends and realized it is fun teaching. Although most people are busy, it is nice to cook and eat at home with healthy tasty meals with family. It is important that everyone knows how to cook his/her favorite meal at home. It is hard to find a place to learn basics of home cooking. I like to work individually to teach a private cooking class to meet the student's needs. I love meeting someone new to cook something delicious food together.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I work for Asian Non profit organization to cook professionally to expand and test my cooking technique. I also go back to Japan to take cooking classes once a year. The classes were Sushi chef class, Miso making class, Chinese medicinal cooking and Sake Navigator class.