Sachie is the Founder and Chef of Sachie’s Kitchen, Australasia’s largest Asian cooking school.
Rated as NZ’s Number one cooking school, business has won a slew of awards, and is regularly featured in the media as one of the ‘To Do’ activities in Auckland and New Zealand. Over 50,000 happy cooks and counting have been delighted by learning Asian food culture from Sachie and her multi-cultural team of chefs in their custom-built facility since 2009. They offer cooking classes and corporate events across Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Chinese, Indian & Pacific Fusion cuisine.
Background: Originally from Aichi, Japan, Sachie arrived in New Zealand as a university student in the mid 1990’s, attaining a degree in Chinese and a Chinese familyin-laws! Her love for cooking grew as she eagerly watched her mother and auntie’s cooking whilst sharing their knowledge of and passion for generations of family secrets. Having spent a decade being schooled by some of New Zealand and Japan’s leading chefs, Sachie’s dream is to pass on her passion for Asian culture and cuisine by demystifying the perceived complexity of Asian cooking, making it easily replicated at home. Drawing from a variety of sources including traditional family recipes handed down through the generations, Sachie adds her own unique style to her recipes, ensuring fun and tasty Asian food is accessible to everyone.
Current work: In addition to the cooking school, Sachie is one of New Zealand’s leading F&B entrepreneurs, consulting for a number of international food brands and presents to government on the topic of Washoku (the food of Japan) while in the process of building a chain of restaurants in Indonesia and menus as Executive Chef at iconic winery CLOUDY BAY. Sachie also launched a range of Sachie’s Kitchen branded food products nationwide in New Zealand and is aiming to hit Australia & Asia soon.
Author and television presenter: Sachie is also a well-known food writer and television personality, as an Executive Producer and Host of ‘Sachie’s Kitchen’ a TV show internationally syndicated to 45 countries; and accompanying book released in Australia, NZ, UK & USA. Passionate about raising the profile of women as a female immigrant entrepreneur herself, she has been named as one of New Zealand’s 50 most influential women.
Sachie believes that great food transports us back in time to great feelings we had as children, and no matter what your mood is, even after a stressful day at work, great food can instantly change our feelings for the better #FromAsiaWithLove