Sumi Saikawa, cooking teacher

Sumi Saikawa
Sumi's Kitchen In Sydney

Sumi's Kitchen In Sydney 5.0 (14)

I was born in a Zen temple in Kobe Japan, which was an amazing environment to grow up in as a little kid. I was always in the kitchen to help make shojin ryori with mum (Temple cooking) for as long as I can remember for the temple. This was where my curiosity and fascination of food came from especially its part to play in culture and role it plays to keep the body and mind healthy.

From there, I graduated from university and worked as a dietitian in Japan for many years before meeting my husband and coming to Australia. My husband and I immigrated to Australia over 27 years ago now where we have made ourselves a family with 2 (not so young anymore) children. Now, I run lots of health oriented - cooking classes including "shojin ryori" for people living in Australia and Japan from all stages of life from the elderly to children.

My meal style: I try to give to initiative to prepare the foods even in a busy life. I appreciate the foods and I try to make food which will make me be happy.







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Nicola Rai  •  Apr 2021

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



A relaxed vibe and knowledgeable teacher. I learnt more than I expected and I am keen to put it into practice. I would certainly do another class with Sumi to learn more about how to make Japanese dishes here in Australia.

Cooking workshop review by Nicola Rai Sydney

Analise Bauchinger  •  Apr 2021

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



Thank you, Sumi. My mother and I really enjoyed the cooking class. Everything was great.

Cooking workshop review by Analise Bauchinger

Carla Rowe  •  Apr 2021

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



Sumi is an excellent teacher. We had a wonderful time learning how to cook with her. All the recipes were delicious! We will definitely be making these at home. Thanks for a great time Sumi

Cooking workshop review by Carla Rowe

Stefania Kikuchi  •  Apr 2021

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



Sumi teacher was great and very helpful during the workshop. All materials were provided! And got to eat what we cooked. Lovely place, easy to find car parking and lots of fun. スミ先生お料理教えて下さってありがとうございました

Cooking workshop review by Stefania Kikuchi

Mann Bookluck  •  Mar 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



Relaxing setting with easy to follow style of cooking, the reward is a tasty Japanese banquet to finish off the class. Thank you Sumi it was an enjoyable session.

Cooking workshop review by Mann Bookluck

Tamara Khayatt  •  Mar 2021

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



Sumi was very welcoming and had everything well prepared and ready to go for us. The instructions were excellent and we were able to get hands on and cook a beautiful lunch that we all shared together. Will definitely be using my new skills and would definitely recommend.


David Doniguian  •  Mar 2021

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



My wife Kate and I really enjoyed our cooking class at Sumi's. Sumi is very lovely and hospitable. Her teaching skills are good as well as she explained thoroughly each step of the recipes first before letting us do the cooking ourselves. Sumi also provided tips on potential substitutes for ingredients and accommodates all dietary requirements. On top of that, the menu proposed was made of a great variety of dishes and each of them was delicious. Finally, sharing the lunch together at the end made the whole experience even more authentic. Highly  + more


Sophie Wainwright  •  Mar 2021

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



Overall an amazing experience Sumi is a lovely teacher with so much knowledge of the Japanese culture and food. All good was amazing, her place is beautiful & we enjoyed an amazing lunch after lots of cooking. Would recommend, a great weekend activity! Also recommended other great Japanese experiences across Sydney. Thanks so much

Cooking workshop review by Sophie Wainwright

Alix Smith  •  Feb 2021

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



Sumi was a fantastic teacher who made my partner and myself feel very welcome. The venue was well set out for the lesson with good visibility and a good class size. Sumi gave a great background as to why certain ingredients were used as well as alternatives. My partner and myself thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will definitely be putting our new found skills to use. Thanks for having us.


Dunya Can  •  Feb 2021

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



Thank you for opening your home up to us and welcoming us to your kitchen. Sumi and her daughter were so lovely and Sumi was a great instructor. The variety of dishes we made were fun and simple, we will definitely be recreating this at home.


Charlie Cavill  •  Feb 2021

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



Sumi hosted an amazing class that was interesting, informative and fun. Sumi is a lovely host and a great chef who showed us many great recipes. Would recommend to anyone.


Kerrilyn Stratford  •  Feb 2021

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



Loved the class. Sumi was very well prepared, presented the recipes clearly with good instruction. The dishes were delicious and I look forward to making them for friends and family.

Cooking workshop review by Kerrilyn Stratford

Ruth Blades  •  Feb 2021

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



Sumi’s class was amazing. We took a friend as a birthday gift and we all had a great time. Sumi has a very interesting background and was clearly very passionate and knowledgable about food, we came away feeling confident to recreate the dishes at home, and source good ingredients thanks to Sumi’s tips. Her kitchen is beautiful and a great setting to cook and have a delicious lunch in. Thank you  + more

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class review by Ruth Blades

Aneka Henshaw  •  Sep 2020

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



Sumi was lovely, we learnt lots of Japanese cooking and all the food was delicious. Would recommend to absolutely anyone. Not too difficult and there is plenty of guidance to help beginners but still very interesting for more experienced participants. Would do again, definitely.




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