Day in the Life of a Japanese Master Chef

Day in the Life of a Japanese Master Chef

[Music] [Music] this is Hiawatha a MasterChef famous in Japan for his kobe inspired fusion style cooking called Xinhua Shogun which means that new Japanese cuisine and he’s just arriving at his Roppongi Midtown office and I’m just waiting upstairs to greet him all right house on should be coming around the corner any second now good morning what time did you wake up Johanna tokuji gnocchi master for economic hit oh so his day doesn’t start at the kitchen but instead with an internal staff meeting although Hal has established several high-end restaurants in Japan he also runs a popular cupcake shop called Tokyo in Tatsu and in preparation of the new shop opening he has to review the shop implementation details with his staff at this level it’s not enough to simply make delicious food there’s a lot of people involved in the creation of each restaurant [Music] finally all finished against my exciting meaning you really meant long meeting so now they’re hitting halt to his flagship restaurant how you musta Tokyo it’s also located in Roppongi Midtown time to taste some food part of being a master chef is to create new menu items in order to keep the shop relevant especially in Tokyo apparently each batch of cupcakes are made with different ingredient amounts but houses hue relies solely on taste instead of the batch recipe as final judgement it all prepared correctly houses he can usually approve new menu items within three tastings but damn that’s a lot of calories so basically they just finished the taste to see now and some more stuff or the diplomats policy has been what four hours so far and it’s all been meetings he isn’t very much involved in the business process the planning process but the quality process it’s quite amazing it’s like that adage more money more problems I guess of more restaurants more food tastings I think it’s gonna be quite a long day another aspect of being a master chef is a celebrity now he has a photoshoot with a famous Japanese photographer shinny yamagishi known for his portrait gallery of public figures which now how is gonna be a part of damn that’s a lot of bowing I can feel the respect from here [Music] although most people in Tokyo use public transit how must be judicious on how he uses his time running as many business as he does traveling by car is the only practical solution so in the culinary industry what do you think is the difference between Japan and the rest of the world waka equals a thousand I’m a Muslim this man he says that for example in the States talented young chefs are able to find investors to help start their restaurant businesses so even if they fail they can find another investor to start a different restaurant whereas in Japan investors are rare so succeeding the first time is critical in fact when he started his first restaurant in Kobe he had to take on a high interest loan to get the restaurant started diamond genome said sugoku the idea bow position clearly then I don’t know happiness even on the residence [Music] so this is a pseudo restaurant in he BIA oh oh I think something is cut as I at the storefront looks like he’s telling the manager to take it down I guess it’s all in the details even the sign presentation has caught his attention [Music] how how does it taste as you know she don’t we don’t cut their things in the salons because almost okay come on you gotta we don’t have it again so whatever you would have thought to maintain the quality of food and service at each of his restaurants he must schedule periodic visits I asked if you can simply hire someone to do these checks for him but how says it’s difficult for someone to completely know for how each dish is to taste so he has to do it himself [Music] so it’s getting a little bit intense over there as a that teaches the staff how to prepare that who don’t do it Austin feels like a fifth time they brought it out and still not coming out right luckily how’s the nice enough to prepare some we don’t for me so I’m just gonna keep all these over there instructing them how to make a proper we don’t noodles the curry sauce is amazing a little bit spicy it’s a super super thick this is like the best hurry we don’t have ever had noodles hard or not okay we’re getting hands on now how mentions it’s actually common for preparation and flavors to change over time it’s not the cooks fault as this naturally happens but rather it’s a master chefs responsibility to routinely taste the food to ensure that each dish is prepared correctly how what’s wrong with the pork cuts it you module skeleton relations listen hi Toby Pato Brock you be partying at the hotel no captain came upon an avocado into the bees dignity so what do we do the lucky they’re putting the gotta call it Wow how many times have you asked them to remake the noodles q KY Mary damn that’s a lot of bowls well now that the quality has been restored I’m not bid the many specials in Japan it’s common to be written by hand well we’re ready to move on I think it took longer than expected you were working by yourself at first right can I ask if it was easier alone or in a large team like now still yet totally sloppy remember the costume Oh Jeannie you know the project over the vordigan of their motor story that objected Ignis simon cade oh my Tamiya they do hoga a party Universal Dodi al-fayed so on our way back how has decided to stop by two of his other shops to see how to stop a doing oh this is the cupcake shop padronia oh and this is his lounge restaurant it even has a sushi counter he’s really in everything finally back to Roppongi while many workers in Tokyo are caulking out at this time how is just getting started [Music] born in kobane known for its mountains oceans sake and Kobe beef as well as traveling the world all helped influence how to create a new style of cuisine called Xinhua Shoku which utilizes modern techniques to bring out the full potential of Japanese ingredients one of her specialties is a signature rolled Kobe beef filled with sea urchin and talked with smoked caviar but as a master chef he’s able to prepare Kobe beef dishes in many different ways so what would you say the most important thing is when you cook don’t that’s good stuff Mike I might make a yes team or finger salute wow this is what it’s like being behind the kitchen and it’s a it’s actually right-click four or five in different shapes in this like narrow space but they’re all or came together they don’t seem to like bumpin each other everyone works together so well looks like house is gonna be here for the rest of their night so I guess we’re just gonna wait until he finishes how long have you been working here for so what’s the most difficult thing [Applause] [Music] are you not going home yet hell whatever you usually go home don’t know and see the local vivica all right so that’s the day in a life of Japanese master chef what do you guys think if you like this video help me out and hit that like 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  1. Also see a Japanese Ramen Chef or the Complete Japan Day in the Life video series Let me know what your favorite video is so far and why so I can produce more.

  2. I like seeing the people โ€œwake upโ€ even though itโ€™s staged itโ€™s always a nice start to the day watching them get ready and commute. This one was missing something by starting at 10am!

  3. I wonder how he controls each restaurant finances. I own two restaurants and have to be always aware of the money, especially all the cash that is very easy to steal. I cant imagine how would I do if I own another one. I would have to split in many parts to control everything.

  4. Loved this chefs work ethic! Iโ€™m definitely going to try his restaurants ๐Ÿ˜‹ And those cupcakes look so delicious โค๏ธ

  5. I would love to see a Day in the Life of a software developer. It be cool if you can show a Software developer at a modern company, and one from a more traditional company. Like do more modern companies adopt more western ideas in terms of work/life balance.

  6. Love your day in the life series !! may i request day in the life for football player or any professional althlete in Japan! thanks

  7. I love that you always have a clip where you are waiting for the person you are following, and you always say, blank person is coming any minute now from the (train, around the corner, from their car)

  8. I like very much the country Japan. My one of the wish in life to visit Japan n their culture. Eagerly waiting for the day. Like all your videos. I have also started a travel Vlogging channel. Hope all the good hearts here will visit n support my sma channel also. Kudos to your work. Keep rocking ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

  9. I have seen over few hundreds of day in life videos on Youtube, this is by far the best, most interesting day in life series on Youtube! I am hooked.

  10. Itโ€™s very generous of your guest to welcome you in his daily life, especially since he seems to have intense meeting. You should continue until you do a day in the life of the prime minister !

  11. I'm not going to lie I subscribed on my previous account very early on but stopped watching your videos after a while. Recently thanks to this series I have found your account again on this current account and have really enjoyed watching the videos I have missed since I stopped!

  12. i would love to see an episode around someone who works at a shinkansen train of someone who works at a high end department store. when i was in japan last year it amazed me how dedicated these people were.

  13. He has so much passion for his craft and itโ€™s admirable. I just started your series and Iโ€™m hooked! ๐Ÿ˜

  14. Can you do a day of :

    pet cafe owner (cat cafe, owl cafe, rabbit cafe… any will do)
    Anime artist
    Traditional snack vendor

  15. Hi! Your "A Day in the Life" series are so great and very entertaining. They give us new point of views in life and have respect even more to other people. Kindly also do Day in the Life of a Nurse in Japan and Day in the Life of a High School Teacher in Japan. Thank you!!!

  16. That was very interesting, thanks for the video. He''s literally effecting his bottom line by quality testing, I can imagine it's not a cheap business to run! Day in the life of a Japanese Police Officer perhaps?

  17. I like this video the most out of the whole series. I liked that you did not begin the intro in his private residence. Seemed more respectful of his status & a tighter focus on the primary story. Also, the dolly shots were excellent & perfectly placed. I'm curious about the meaning of multicolored circle lapel pin Yamashita & his female assistant are wearing. Do you know the meaning? Well done Sir.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  18. I truly love this series. I get so excited whenever I see the next video pop up in my news feed ๐Ÿคฉ Thank you so much for this amazing content Paolo!

  19. This "Day in the Life" series is gives us an amazing picture of life in Japan. I hope you never run out of ideas or people willing to share their day with you.

  20. I'd like to see you do a "western intervention series" – where you confront Japanese people with their friends and family on camera and make them take a 2 week vacation

  21. Hey Paolo! Love your videos! They are some of the most comprehensive and insightful daily life videos I have seen on youtube and I've learned more from videos than I have from other videos or sources. Could you do a video on the daily life of a JSDF soldier/officer? I think that would be very interesting as we hear and see so much from the Japanese civilian side but not the govenment/military side.

  22. He said he wakes up at 6am but the meetings started round 11am??
    Iโ€™m thinking family time in the morning or something else but as a owner/etc I would start meetings earlier at like 8am then so on. He could be done by like 10pm latest.

  23. I love this series – don't stop making these, Paolo!! While I really enjoyed watching this one, I also like watching the ones with the average person. There's something comforting about knowing that people around the world do the similar mundane things in life, waking up and getting ready to go to work, or after work lounge at home watching tv with their family. I love how you film it all.

  24. Another great video! Great narration and your videography/ story telling skills are spot on. Just please keep making these types of videos.

  25. I think a kool idea would be to get in contact with the Nippon jitensha shinkokai and do a segment on the daily routine of a keirin racer while they're secluded at the velodrome .

  26. Day in the life is amazing โœŒ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒดโœจ thank you for great content ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿฅณ

  27. Man, This is.. insanely high quality content. Seriously Im glad your channel has grown so much you deserve all them views.

  28. This series is great. Honestly Iโ€™m not surprised in fact that japan is light years ahead of the west interms of technology etc. Just look on how much care they put in and you can see they are not faking it.

  29. Thank you to make this video, i really wanna know what kind of Japan job looks like ๐Ÿ™‚ i watched all your video btw but only here i can comment, ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†!

  30. How awkward must it be at the end of this master chefs video. This man is slaving until 1Am and Paolo is just gonna be like. "well okay I'ma go home now thanks!"

  31. Hi Paolo nice work its amazing video, i always follows your youtube channel i love it . i am base in Canada fort mc murry anyway how the Toe-Kyo / Tokyo T-shirt the red colour info please..thank you Paolo god bless always

  32. I first came to your channel for traveling tips in Japan. They are all very informative and easy to follow. I ended up visiting many shops you had recommended and found your reviews decent. Itโ€™s nearly a year now and Iโ€™m excited to see you add more materials in your channel by changing your focus onto the Japaneseโ€™s life. Stories about hard-working Japanese people doing different jobs make me understand more about Japan and why this nation receives so much respect from the world.

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