How I Ate My Knife in Japan

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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Zoom Meeting Online PST
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
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This is a live, interactive, hands-on cooking class held online via Zoom. See our event policies at the bottom of this webpage.

In 2012, Chef Mike led a team of chefs to Osaka in a sister city exchange with San Francisco.  As a part of the trip, he brought a hefty budget for knives he dreamed of buying in Japan…but he came back without a single new blade.  This class explains how Chef Mike ate his knife in Japan, with some of the foods he experienced on late night chef driven adventures deep into the dark alleys and side streets of Osaka and Kyoto.



First Night: Miso Soup

Last Day, last meal: Okonomiyaki with Shrimp and Pork Belly


Equipment and Ingredient List for this class can be found here.

This menu contains the following common allergens: shellfish, eggs, wheat. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions that concern your ability to cook along, please e-mail before purchasing a ticket.


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Born in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, Mike Weller grew up in suburbs of San Jose, where he discovered cooking as his first profession and lifetime passion. After wandering through typical teenage jobs at pizza joints and ice cream parlors, Mike’s first “restaurant” job was with Sambo’s Coffee Shops, slinging hash and cooking eggs for the bar rush and Sunday breakfast crowds.  He moved on to help open several restaurants, attend the California Culinary Academy, and study under European chefs with Michelin backgrounds. Later, Mike served as an executive chef for catering companies, wineries and country clubs.  When his son was born, Mike transitioned his career into teaching, returning to the CCA where he eventually became the Executive Chef and Director of Academics. Mike also returned to school for training in his new field, earning a Master’s Degree in Education. Having taught for Le Cordon Bleu North America in both online and brick and mortar schools, Mike is thrilled to return to teaching in a neighborhood-based community.  When he is not teaching he reaps the benefits of his backyard garden, kept in perfect order by his Master Gardener wife. (empty line return)

Photo by Kevin Doran on Unsplash