Japan to begin washoku licensing for foreigners
NHK -- Sep 20
Japan's government will launch a licensing system to recognize foreign chefs of "washoku," or traditional Japanese cuisine.

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry plans to start the initiative in fiscal 2016 starting next April.

Despite the cuisine's growing popularity overseas, there's a conspicuous tendency of foreign cooks to prepare washoku in untraditional ways. Some make soup for udon noodles by thinning soy sauce with hot water, instead of using dashi stock.

The ministry will introduce a system of issuing certificates for cooks who meet certain conditions, including training at Japanese restaurants and taking lessons at washoku schools.

Under the planned system, restaurants with recognized chefs will be allowed to publicize their certifications.

News source: NHK
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