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Greetings from CATherina Hosoi. During my absence from teaching the last few months I have been busy developing my new business, developing & organizing a Resort Villas business in Bali. Glad to present to you UBUD GREEN, a resort of 16 villas of a 5 Stars status, 10 of the 16 villas each has its own swimming pool. Business started since June 2011, now the business is running smoothly so I am able to resume teaching again. Thank you for all the enquiries that kept coming in asking when I am going to start classes again. For those who wish to plan vacation in Bali, please visit website: www.ubudgreen.com and my Sales team will handle all your enquiry inclusive of extra excusion packages which may interest you.
During the period when I seemed to be away from you the last few months, I was also working on my CookBook “Cooking Classics JAPAN”. This CookBook is now available in Singapore in the leading bookshops. Online shopping also available through Amazon.com in many parts of the world. For those who are interested to get the autographed CookBook you can email/sms me to arrange a date/time for pick up from CULINARY HOBBY CLASS. This book showcase some of my selected favourite recipes from my 35 years of research on Japanese Cuisine. It also makes a good gift to friends’ Birthdays/Weddings/House-Warming'. Those who received information from FACEBOOK have been coming in to see me personally to have their CookBooks autographed
Though I did not conduct cooking workshop myself for quite some time, I have actually been actively involved as an Advisor on Board of a community project known as GOURMET GURU ACADEMY to train self-taught cooks from the lower income group to empower themselves to teach in order to bring in extra income back to their home. I feel this is very meaningful that I can share my experience with them. For information of this community project please check www.gourmetguruacademy.com
The Kitchen-Classroom of CULINARY HOBBY CLASS has been renovated with a new LOOK and I will be meeting the first Corporate Group coming in to attend workshop from 19/May/2012. This would be a special event for me because I would be sharing my culinary knowledge with a group of hearing impaired participants.
I plan to start organizing some GROUP Demo with partial hands on participation workshops from June. For those who prefer learning the same topic but on a PRIVATE coaching basis you can always email/sms me to arrange for separate dates/time. As you know CULINARY HOBBY CLASS gives a wide scope of topics in various ASIAN CUISINES, for a start I have selected JAPANESE COOKING, but other topics will be coming soon. Due to my busy schedule it has become quite impossible that I send out my Newsletters to everyone like I did previously; therefore I recommend that you start using FACEBOOK in order to get updates on CLASS INFO and also receive updates of my activities & view all Food Photos. Do link up with www.facebook.com/CatherinaHosoiFanPage & www.facebook.com/CulinaryHobbyClass.
Hope to see you soon.
“Experience an enriched lifestyle through food culture.” This is my belief and teaching which I have been sharing to students who attend cooking courses at my studio, “Culinary Hobby Class”. Food is a gateway to a country’s culture. With my international marriage to a Japanese husband, I strongly feel the responsibility of promoting Japanese culture through Japanese cooking to our local and non Japanese people and vice versa, to introduce our South East Asian and Chinese culture to all my foreign friends and students.
RADIO & TV PROGRAM:
Since 1991 till end of 2007, I had been having regular weekly radio programs on several different radio stations, namely NTUC Voice Radio FM1003 (Mandarin); FM 91.3 (English); MediaCorp radio stations: FM95.8 (Mandarin); FM97.2 (Mandarin); FM96.3 (Japanese), FM93.8 (English). Also from 1995 till end of 1997 on Singapore TV station Channel 8 (Mandarin), a weekly TV cooking program for 3 years. Being the longest local Radio cooking program celebrity for 17 years and 3 full years on TV cooking program, through Mass Media, it was indeed a good opportunity to share my culinary knowledge to people from all angles.
MAGAZINES & PERIODICALS:
From time to time I contribute my recipes & food photos to Food Magazines. Till March 2003 a locally published Japanese magazine gave me a monthly column to present my work.
For May 2003 issue of ‘HER WORLD’ magazine I was featured on the topic of teaching to male professionals who learned & cooked for their wives on Mothers’ Day.
JUDGING FOOD COMPETITIONS:
For 4 consecutive years from 1997 till 2000 I was invited to be a judge by the Singapore Chinese Restaurant Association to judge on their SINGAPORE GOURMET HUNT competitions. Besides this, I'm often invited to judge FOOD COMPETITIONS by clubs, Peoples' Associations, schools, etc. Since 2007, I have been invited by “SIMPLY DINING”, a Food Directory for 3 consecutive years to be their panelist for food tasting at hotels, restaurants and eateries.
I also work as a Consultant with manufacturers on Food, developing recipes to suit to their products. I am also involved in Project Consultancy assisting owners of eateries for Menu setting advice & Taste Maintenance of the dishes. Cooks are sent to me for training. For the past few years I have been invited to teach cooking in Indonesia on an exchange program.
Besides teaching “GROUP DEMO WORKSHOPS” for local participants, I have been teaching foreign participants on ”HANDS ON WORKSHOPS” to individual and small groups from Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Turkey, Japan, India, Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Indonesia and Philippines.
PASSION FOR TEACHING:
It has always been an exciting experience doing my food research globally. While new fusion cuisine is added on each day, we must not forget to preserve the traditional flavours. Besides working as an F&B consultant, teaching is my great passion. I am glad to have a platform to impart my culinary skill and to continue passing down traditional flavours & creating new dishes as well. It is a great joy to see past students growing from “fear and ignorant” in the kitchen to “love and gourmet” in the kitchen and some even ventured into Food business or followed my footsteps to set up their own cooking studio with my blessings. I am happy to be their initiator.
CATherina Hosoi 细 井明子
Principal & Founder of “CULINARY HOBBY CLASS”,
Food Researcher, F & B Consultant.
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