Sumi Saikawa, cooking teacher

Sumi Saikawa
Sumi's Kitchen In Sydney

Sumi's Kitchen In Sydney 4.9 (56)

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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Victoria Bismire Aug 2022

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Sweets Class - Winter Menu



Absolutely loved the class, Sumi is very friendly and very informative. I would not have thought it possible to learn make such exquisite wagashi in one afternoon, but under her guidance they appeared as if magic. Thank you Sumi!

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Sweets Class - Winter Menu review by Victoria Bismire


Wenni Chong Aug 2022

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Sweets Class - Winter Menu



Great class with fun and enjoyable experience. Learn alot on making sweet Japanese desserts with our teacher Sumi. And its something we learn and can do again at home.


Elaine Lim Aug 2022

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Sweets Class - Winter Menu



Sumi is very knowledgeable and detailed in explaining the steps by steps. You get to enjoy the nerikiri wagashi at the end with a tea ceremony too. Super fun class.

Cooking workshop review by Elaine Lim


Annabelle Lee Aug 2022

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Sweets Class - Winter Menu



Sumi was a great teacher, she’s very patient and detailed. Had a very great experience making matcha and Japanese dessert!


Dawn Uchida Jul 2022

Cooking class



Sumi-san was a wonderful teacher. Very patient, detailed and thoughtful. We learnt how to make three type of Nekiri Wagashi which were beautiful and delicious and were able to experience a green tea ceremony at the end of the class. Highly recommend this class to anyone that has an interest in making Japanese sweets, its a great experience.


Susan Young Jul 2022

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Sweets Class - Winter Menu



Lots of Fun, with my first Class Bento class! Sumi was a welcoming, friendly host and very well prepared. She provided good notes, including recipe and colour pictures which were helpful. Very clean equipment and working space. Good use of time throughout the session. Really loved the hands on shaping and colouring of each of the 3 wagashi sweet designs we made, especially for the Winter Season! The  + more

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Sweets Class - Winter Menu review by Susan Young Sydney


Gabriella Kovacs Jul 2022

Cooking class



Sumi was very accommodating when I needed to reschedule the first class I booked. On the day of the class she provided us background information on sweet making in Japan, which gave us cultural insight into the practice. Her house was well set up for the class, and Sumi was a wonderful host who always ensured we had enough tea to enjoy throughout the session. She patiently guided us through the steps  + more

Cooking workshop review by Gabriella Kovacs


John Gunda Jul 2022

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Sweets Class - Winter Menu



The activity is really fun and the teacher is nice and very helpful throughout the class. would comeback to other different theme as well.


Andrew Howard Jul 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Cooking class



Great authentic experience & delicious. Thank you Sumi. Looking forward to the next cooking class you offer.


Nita Byrne Jul 2022

Cooking class



Very informative and enjoyable class Sumi was very patient and helpful Venu was really great

Cooking workshop review by Nita Byrne Sydney


Lori Bernstein Jul 2022

Cooking class



Such a lovely class! Sumi was amazing and the tea ceremony was fabulous! Would definitely recommend

Cooking workshop review by Lori Bernstein Sydney


Jo-Anne Ho Jun 2022

Cooking class



The Japanese sweet making class was an enjoyable experience for our girls day out. We all had fun weighing, rolling, moulding and colouring the paste into delicious tasting sweets in a relaxed environment. Sumi was patient and her instructions easy to follow. She guided and helped us when we needed it. The tea making ceremony rounded off a fun and relaxing experience.

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Sweets Class review by Jo-Anne Ho Sydney


Grace Ho Jun 2022

Cooking class



Great fun class. Sumi is such a lovely, gentle, patient and informative teacher. I learnt a lot about making Japanese sweets as well as Japanese tea ceremony culture. The location set up is really great for the class, lots of space. I'm planning to repeat the recipe and technique at home.


Cheryl Wong Jun 2022

Cooking class



Sumi was very patient and explained the steps of making the ingredients and sculpting the Japanese sweets very clearly. She explained and demonstrated how to make the bean paste and taught us how to form and sculpt the Nerikiri. There were some interesting techniques and tools used and overall the experience was fun and calming. It almost feels like your in Japan during the 2 hours of the class. Overall,  + more

Cooking workshop review by Cheryl Wong


Rachel Macdonald Jun 2022

Cooking class



We had a great time in Sumi’s class. Perfect length and great instructions. Thank you.

Cooking workshop review by Rachel Macdonald


Mei Soong Jun 2022

10 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews

Cooking class



Very good class and Sumi was very patient with us. Thoroughly enjoyed the class. Delicious

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Sweets Class review by Mei Soong


Cecilia Chan May 2022

Cooking class



My family & I enjoyed the lesson very much. Sumi was friendly, professional & presented everything well. Everything was well prepared & thought out. The venue was clean & comfortable. We all learned something new & had fun at the same time.


Lai Clare Apr 2022

Cooking class



It was very well prepared and detail, I have learned a lot, thanks Sumi for the great learning experience


Adriana Litver Apr 2022

5 ClassBento workshops attended

Cooking class



Wonderfully authentic and very informative. Will definitely sign into another class with Simi she was a hospitable and patient teacher


Heezee Lu Apr 2022

Cooking class



I love the course and it helps me to be mindful while creating the dessert. Relaxing and exciting at the same time under our experienced teacher, Sumi San. Thank you and highly recommended especially the face to face experience.

Cooking workshop review by Heezee Lu


Mary Trevisan Apr 2022

Cooking class



I attended Sumi's class as part of a small private group booking. Sumi is a very gracious host and a good teacher. She is a clear communicator who had all of the supplies we needed ready to go. We all learnt a lot from the class and we are all keen to use our new skills at home.and to attend further classes in Japanese sweet making Everything from the venue to the supporting materials to the lesson  + more

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Sweets Class review by Mary Trevisan


Isaac Leung Apr 2022

Cooking class



Saikawa-san is an expert in her craft, and she patiently walked us through the techniques and process of creating the Japanese sweets. Due to the time constraints of the class, we walked through the theory for creating the materials, and also had a demonstration of the preparation of nerikiri, rather than going through the full process of actually preparing the bean paste from the raw materials, but  + more

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Sweets Class review by Isaac Leung


Pem Sukhum Apr 2022

Cooking class



Teacher was pleasant. Class was not exactly what I expected, as we didn't make the ingredients themselves, but it was made up for by the printed notes and demonstration. Kitchen space was great and spacious but we spent time in the dining table. The tea ceremony segment was interesting. Overall the actual class was more of a sculpting class than a cooking class, but still interesting, with nice take home notes for practice at home


Halina Rubenstein Apr 2022

Cooking class



Great teacher, very informative and a intimate class of 4 people made for a great afternoon.

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Sweets Class review by Halina Rubenstein Sydney


Jessica Chan Apr 2022

Cooking class



I really enjoyed the afternoon with Sumi. She is a great teacher and is attentive to students’ needs. It was fun and a very rewarding class.


Christine Sheeley Feb 2022

Learn Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking



I really enjoyed the zoom class with Sumi. It would've been amazing to do it together face to face, but given the virus, zoom was good . I enjoyed preparing - and eating - our meals, and I'm looking forward to making them at home . Thanks for the recipes too.


Tina Leung Feb 2022

Learn Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking



I enjoyed learning how to cook healthy vegan and Gluten free Japanese dishes from Sumi San. Her explanation was clear and the steps are easy to follow. Thank you for organising and sending the Ingredients pack! Sumi San is a great & dedicated teacher!


Saloni Sharma Jan 2022

Learn Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking



We had an amazing online class with Sumi and I would recommend this. She was very friendly, thorough and gave clear instructions. Looking forward to more classes with Sumi in future!


Shera Bucchianeri Nov 2021

Gluten Free Shojin Ryori Japanese Cooking



Amazing class Sumi is the best Everything was sooo delicious She made sure we had what we needed before class & offered substitutions as needed, which was very sweet. Highly recommend!

Cooking workshop review by Shera Bucchianeri Sydney


Pamela Sherwin Oct 2021

Gluten Free Shojin Ryori Japanese Cooking



A lovely class. Fantastic to be shown the hands on one screen in addition to the entire person. Valuable preparation techniques were shown. Clear instructions, a worthwhile course.


Naomi Naiza-Webb Oct 2021

Gluten Free Shojin Ryori Japanese Cooking



Fantastic class, I loved that we cooked in real time and had a full meal to serve at the end of 1.5 hours. Food was absolutely delicious.

Gluten Free Shojin Ryori Japanese Cooking review by Naomi Naiza-Webb


Hannah Gray Oct 2021

Gluten Free Shojin Ryori Japanese Cooking



This was such a great class! And oh my goodness the food was absolutely delicious. Thanks Sumi I had a lot of fun

Gluten Free Shojin Ryori Japanese Cooking review by Hannah Gray


Tania Farrar Oct 2021

Gluten Free Shojin Ryori Japanese Cooking



This was a great class and the food was delicious. Clear instructions and very inclusive


Joseph Paul Sep 2021

Gluten Free Shojin Ryori Japanese Cooking



Loved it - thanks so much Sumi, will be joining more classes for sure. The food was delicious too.

Cooking workshop review by Joseph Paul


Chiemidaly Sep 2021

Gluten Free Shojin Ryori Japanese Cooking



Thank you Sumi!we all enjoyed it. My family loves Shojin Ryohei. Ginger rice is fantastic. ChiemiDaly


Scott Venables Jun 2021

Cooking class



Sumi was an amazing host and teacher. It felt like walking in to a traditional Japanese home and we were made very comfortable immediately. The place was spotless and covid friendly. Sumi’s passion for Japanese food was evident and she loved teaching us the traditional way of how to cook vegan Japanese food, and also other options to alter it for those who would be comfortable to have meat proteins.  + more

Vegan Japanese Cooking Class - Autumn review by Scott Venables


Louie Leung Jun 2021

Gluten Free Shojin Ryori Japanese Cooking Class



A most enjoyable experience - cultural, culinary, social. Easy to follow and casual, you leave with the confidence boosted from having prepared many dishes in a short time and the detailed notes provided. Sumi offered her unique insight and cultural context in a presentation to set the tone for how we prepared the cuisine. Her kitchen is perfectly set up for demonstration and hands-on learning, comfortable for first time visitors. Ingredients used are simple; adapted for local convenience and availability. Yet students were still gaining familiarity  + more


Christine Graf Jun 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



The class was fantastic. We learnt a lot, the food was delicious, and our teacher was friendly, knowledgeable and lovely. It was nice to be in a comfy home kitchen rather than a commercial/class one too! (The only thing I haven't really appreciated is unrelated to our lovely teacher, it is the constant badgering from Class Bento for a review. It's only been three days and I've received multiple texts and emails. Today I got told it's my last chance? I'm very busy during the week sorry, I promise I'll review but please let me so it in my own time  + more


Sarah Andrews May 2021

Gluten Free Shojin Ryori Japanese Cooking Class



We had a lovely morning with Sumi. She is super knowledgeable about Japanese ingredients and made the class really fun and interactive. We had a beautifully presented lunch at the end of the class and we all learnt a lot. Thank you Sumi!

Cooking workshop review by Sarah Andrews


Carmen Chan May 2021

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



We had a fun afternoon learning about authentic Japanese cooking from Sumi. The venue was spacious and welcoming. Definitely a fun experience and the food was delicious - couldn’t believe we made it ourselves! Felt like we were in Japan for a few hours! Thank you Sumi.


Nectaria Alex May 2021

Cooking class



Beautiful clean venue, Sumi was very lovely and we learnt a lot of things! Thank you Sumi


Andrew Howard Apr 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



Sumi was great with our children. And we bought ingredients on the way home so we could practice our new skills straight away. Thank you Sumi.


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 Sydney


Stefania Kikuchi Apr 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

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 Sydney


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

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

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 Sydney


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 Sydney


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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