1 Michelin Star Chefs: Takashi Miyazaki, Head Chef, Ichigo Ichie

The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 13th November 2018

Takashi Miyazaki is head chef of Michelin-starred Ichigo Ichie in Cork, Ireland.

After the success of 'Miyazaki' Japanese takeaway restaurant, Takashi Miyazaki  opened Ichigo Ichie which received its first Michelin star just 6 months after opening in the Michelin Guide 2019.  

Ichigo Ichie

Ichigo Ichie seating

No5 Sheares St, Centre, Cork, T12 RY7Y, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: (021) 427 9997

Website: www.ichigoichie.ie 

Executive Head Chef: Takashi Miyazaki 

Twitter: @miyazakicork

Instagram: @miyazaki_cork

Facebook: miyazakicork 

Biography

Takashi Miyazaki landed his first job cooking part time at an izakaya whilst at college in Fukuoka. This then led to the beginning of Takashi’s culinary career at the 5-star hotel Nikko Fukuoka.

chef takashi miyazaki
Takashi Miyazaki 

A few years later, Takashi then left to work in Tokunoshima, a subtropical island north of Okinawa. Takashi trained extensively in fusion teppanyaki cooking, travelling across Japan to learn different regional cuisines 

After helping a relative’s okonomiyaki restaurant in Hiroshima, but soon leaving due to having ‘different theories of food.’ Takashi landed a job as head chef at the Irish bar Molly Malones.

This led to meeting his wife, who was on a JET program from Ireland, and in 2008; he left Japan for the Emerald Isle.

As Takashi started to work around Ireland, in 2015 he opened his self-titled take away restaurant and word spread about his signature dashi using the best of Irish seasonal ingredients. Takashi then opens Ichigo Ichie and for the first time brings a kappou-style fine dining Japanese restaurant to Ireland.  

What the guides say 

Michelin Guide 

 Michelin star

Ichigo Ichie

Taking over the former Fenn’s Quay restaurant on Sheare’s Street in Cork, Ichigo Ichie was opened in April 2018 where Takashi and his team of chefs have come up with a form of Japanese cuisine that is proving a hit with locals and visitors alike.

Just 6 months after opening, Ichigo Ichie receives its Michelin star, which is no surprise to locals with Takashi being previously voted best chef in Cork. 

The name of the restaurant roots from the definition of ‘one meaning, one chance or once in a lifetime,’ with the top-end restaurant offering a 12-course kaiseiki and a tasting menu costing from €95. The scenery is minimalist, calm and demure, with a pathway leading to the altar of the temple.

The restaurant sits 25 people at a time and includes an exclusive counter of five seats, where Takashi displays his culinary skills for the 12-courses of his kaiseki menu.  

Blue fin tataki%2C black truffle
Blue fin tataki, black truffle

Menu

Takashi uses seasonal and local Irish ingredients and can range from smoked scallop on top of nigiri rice, to the channel wrack in the Gohanmono course, with burdock, carrot, shiitake and dashi. Takashi is very open with the ingredients he uses and displays a ‘Japanese Pantry’ on the Ichigo Ichie website to showcase his gastronomy. The courses can be paired with the natural wines the restaurant has including the Austrian wines from Elizabeth Beck. Takashi’s creativity gives customers the chance to pay microscopic detail to their food, making the overall experience partly spiritual, partly a form of culinary cleansing.  

Videos with Takashi Miyazaki:

By Nada Olson 

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 13th November 2018

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Takashi Miyazaki, Head Chef, Ichigo Ichie