"In Japan your education never ends. In 2012 I was introduced to a nigiri hand technique that takes 20 years to master I think that is fascinating" - Zoë Escher

In Denmark Zoë is a recognized sushi chef.

January 2019: Zoë was the judge for the daily newspaper Politiken in connection with testing food for their readers.
2016: Zoë held the official opening speech and opened the fair Formland Spring 2016 in Messecenter Herning in Denmark. At the opening of the fair there were 49 people from the press, 20 VIP and 271 exhibitors.
2015: Zoë has made sushi and Japanese dishes as private dining at home of US ambassador in Denmark Rufus Gifford.
2013: Rated as Denmark's sushi expert no. 1 by gourmet supermarket chain Irma. Zoë was also guest judget at Masterchef Denmark season 3. Zoë has made sushi and Japanese dishes as staff food to the 3 star Michelin restaurant Geranium.

Zoë is known from Danish magazines and TV such as Copenhagen Food, ALT for Damerne, Berlingske, Femina, IN, Mad & Bolig, TV3 and the consumer council magazine “THINK”.

Reference: Restaurant Geranium***, A.P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Ikea, Novartis, Velux, Takeda Pharma, Haldore Topsøe, Dansk Byggeri, Deloitte, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Symphogen and many more.

What soy sauce is used in classic Japanese dishes?


In traditional Japanese cuisine, not only soy sauce is used for Japanese dishes.

In Japan, soy sauce is considered a spice; it is a way to season the food. There are as many different soy sauces in a Japanese supermarket as cheese in a Danish supermarket.
Therefore, it does not matter which soy sauce is used for which dishes.

Most people eat sushi to a greater or lesser extent.
If you use a completely classic soy sauce or one soy sauce which is not suitable for e.g. sushi, it will ruin approx. 40% of the taste experience. That’s a lot.

Therefore, the choice of soy sauce plays an equally important role as the choice of fish for sushi. It’s like night and day.

In the Traditional Japanese food course for beginners, you will get to know several different types of soy sauce. You also learn that dossiers and add the different dishes, the right amount of soy sauce. So that the dishes get, the unique flavors and aromas that characterize the dishes that are served in restaurants in Japan.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Cooking class: Japanese noodle soup for beginners

The cooking class Japanese noodle soup for beginners is for people who would like to learn how to make the Japanese noodle soup such as ramen soup.

A noodle soup is not a noodle soup in Japan it is the Japanese’s favorite fast food, which is healthy and stuffed with vitamins and minerals.

In this course, you will learn how to make dashi from scratch, just like Japanese chefs in Tokyo.
When you attend the course, you learn step by step, to use Japanese ingredients that give the unique flavors and aromas that know Japanese ramen soup.

Ramen

You learn how to make healthy and tasty noodle soups which is very popular on a busy day.
You larn how to make Japanese stock by using traditional Japanese raw materials.
You learn how to know the difference between different kind of noodle used in noodle soup.
You work with different Japanese cooking techniques and, cut different vegetables, meats and soy products.
You learn to make 2 tasty and healthy noodle soups that are made from scratch with classical raw materials.

NOTE: This year Noodle soup course is only planned on 4 September 2021 and 13 November 2021.

Read more about the cooking class Japanese noodle soup for beginners

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Zoë has held sushi courses and cooking classes for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

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How popular is Teriyaki sauce in Japan?


Teriyaki sauce is very popular in Japan.
It is a classic sauce that is part of the classic Japanese cuisine. There are several different types of teriyaki sauce.

I prefer to make teriyaki sauce as it tastes better and goes best with the ingredients used in the dish.

In Japan, teriyaki sauce is used in several ways along with various meat dishes in the classic Japanese cuisine. It is a Japanese sauce which has a slightly different function than a classic béarnaise sauce in Europe.

It is a classic Japanese sauce which also suits the European taste buds and which more and more people knows about.

In Traditional Japanese food course for beginners, you will learn how to make teriyaki sauce from scratch. This sauce you can use for several different dishes.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Who invented Sushi?

Sushi chef & sake sommerlier Zoë Escher
It is a very specific group of the Japanese people who have invented sushi. It’s not chefs.

Sushi has originally been a poor man’s dish.
Along the coast of Japan fishing families live and make a living by catching fish. At that time many hundreds of thousands of years ago, their income was modest. It depended on how many fish were caught.
To support the family, some of the freshly caught fish was set aside. The fish was filleted and cut into smaller pieces. Along with freshly cooked rice, the fish was eaten with a little wasabi and soy sauce.

This raw fish dish came to Tokyo. The dish was refined and served in a different way by Japanese chefs and turned into sushi. For decades, Japanese chefs have made their own interpretation of sushi.

Some styles can be seen at sushi Michelin restaurants in Tokyo, others make classic Japanese sushi and some sushi restaurant chains make sushi for students.

At Sushi course for beginners, you learn step by step how to make sushi with the ingredients and techniques used at exclusive Japanese sushi restaurants.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Can all types of vegetables be used for sushi?

Sushi chef & sake sommelier Zoë Escher
Not all types of vegetables can be used for sushi.
A vegetable like eggplant is not suitable for sushi at all. There are several reasons why

If you cut an eggplant into slices, then it is not firm in consistency. And once it is cooked on a pan or in the oven, it is very soft and falls apart easily.

Eggplant is also a vegetable that in itself does not have much flavor. It requires the use of some other ingredients that can provide an extra flavor dimension.

Onions are also not a raw material that is optimal to use for sushi.
No matter what type of onion is used, onions have a rather strong taste. Raw onions can also bother the stomach and, not everyone wants to smell of onions the rest of the evening.

At Sushi course for beginners, you learn step by step, to prepare and slice ingredients and make tasty sushi according to the Danish Food Administration’s rules.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Cooking class: Traditional Japanese cooking class for beginners

Traditional Japanese everyday dishes
The cooking class Traditional Japanese cooking class for beginners is for people who would like to learn how to make various traditional Japanese dishes.
In cooking class you are introduced to healthy Japanese dishes which offers lots of colors, taste and the secret to the Japanese long life.

You learn about the Japanese ingredients such as mirin and cooking sake and how it is used in authentic Japanese cooking.
You get knowledge of what to look for when you buy fish, meat and other raw materials.
You learn to prepare different kinds of raw materials by applying Japanese cooking techniques.
You learn step-by-step how to make tasty dishes like gyoza, a noodle dish with seafood and teriyaki salmon with side dish.

Please read more about the cooking class Traditional Japanese cooking class for beginners

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Zoë has held sushi courses and cooking classes for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.
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Is there a difference between the noodles used in Japanese soup?

Noodle soup
There is a big difference in the type of noodles used in Japanese noodle soups.
Most people have heard of ramen soup, where one type of noodles is used. They are long, thin, and yellow and look like spaghetti, however, the texture and taste is different.

Ramen soup is not the only soup that the Japanese eat all year round.
In Japan, several different types of noodle soups are eaten, some at certain times of the year.
Overall, it is the noodle soup’s foundation, vegetables and meat/fish that determine which type of noodles are used.

In some soups, noodles are used that are neutral in flavor like udon; it is the soup itself that has a lot of taste and aromas. In other soups, noodles that have a little taste like ramen are used because it adds an extra dimension of flavor to the noodle soup.

In the Japanese noodle soup course for beginners, you will learn step by step how to make 2 very different tasty noodle soups.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Sushi class for beginners

sushi
The cooking class Sushi course for beginners is for people who would like to learn how to make different kinds of delicious Japanese sushi. In the long run you can save money by making your own sushi.

You learn how to boil the perfect sushi rice.
You learn about the Japanese ingredients used for sushi.
You learn about what you should be aware of when buying fish from the fishmonger.
You learn to prepare different kinds of raw materials for sushi.
You learn to make several different kinds of tasty sushi rolls.

Please read more about the cooking class  Sushi for beginners
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Zoë has held sushi courses and cooking classes for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

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What does the Japanese diet pyramid contain?

Gyoza
The Japanese diet pyramid looks different from the Danish diet pyramid.

Japanese cuisine contains basic items which are a “must”.
It is rice, seafood, soybeans and seaweed. These are the basic elements of Japanese cuisine. They are essential and absolutely indispensable. The Japanese eat much seafood as we eat meat.

The Japanese also eat meat and vegetables. However, the Japanese do not eat as much meat as we do in Europe. They eat the same amount of meat as we eat fish.

In Japanese cuisine, several different types of cabbage are used. Cabbage is eaten in many different ways and, is a staple in Japanese cuisine. Of course, the Japanese also eat many vegetables that we know in Europe such as carrots, spring onions and cucumbers.

In Traditional Japanese food course for beginners, you learn step by step, how to make tasty dishes with Japanese ingredients, Japanese ingredients and Nordic ingredients.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Sushi is the easiest way to get more vegetables eaten!

Sushi chef & sake sommerlier Zoë Escher
Yes, it’s true. Sushi is the easiest way to get more vegetables eaten without you getting tired of the food.

For sushi, a certain type of seaweed is used. A seaweed sort that is grown on the seabed like oats and wheat is grown in Europe. Seaweed for sushi is grown on the ocean floor in China, Japan and Korea. There is a big difference in taste, depending on in which country sushi nori is grown.

In Japan, sushi nori is harvested in the autumn.
The harvested seaweed must go through a long process, where it is washed, cleaned, dried, pressed and cut to the “right” size.
In Japan, seaweed is grown in several different qualities. There are sushi nori for everyday use and exclusive sushi nori for gourmet sushi.

Sushi is the vegetable in the world that contains the most vitamins and minerals. You should not eat very much sushi until you have met your body’s need for vegetables.

At the Sushi course for beginners, you learn all the processes you have to go through to make tasty sushi at home in your own kitchen.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.