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Japan-Adjacency in Action: Six Smart Ideas from the Chefs of the Kikkoman Kitchen Cabinet

Each year, we invite a select group of leading-edge chefs to join The Kikkoman Kitchen Cabinet, our inner circle of advisors who collaborate with us on foodservice recipe development, product ideation, industry outreach and more.

These brilliant innovators help Kikkoman stay in step with new and emerging foodservice trends. Right now, they’re all excited about Japan-adjacency: incorporating ingredients, flavors, techniques, and ideas from Japanese cuisine into innovative, globally inspired menu items.

As a company with roots in Japan that go back more than three centuries, we’re excited about Japan-adjacency too. From traditionally brewed Soy Sauce to Teriyaki, Ponzu, Mirin, Rice Vinegar, and more, we’ve got products and solutions that make it easy to bring the umami and appeal of Japanese flavors to foodservice kitchens.

Here’s a look at how some of our Kitchen Cabinet chefs are drawing inspiration from those products in recipes that show how tapping into Japan-adjacency can open the door to a world of signature presentations that help differentiate menus, boost sales and build business.

Curious About Joining the Kitchen Cabinet?

The door is open. Kikkoman is always seeking passionate chefs to join our Kitchen Cabinet as ambassadors, advisors, and content creators. You’ll enjoy the benefits of publicity and exposure through our marketing efforts, while collaborating with a like-minded community. It’s a win-win partnership designed to elevate your culinary influence and inspire others.

If you’re interested in being considered for a coveted spot on the Kikkoman Kitchen Cabinet—or you’d like to recommend a friend or colleague—drop us a line here.

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