Posted Jan 30, 2013 @ 7:14 PM
These are the blurbs from the NHK World website about Saito and Rika:A prominent master of Japanese culinary arts, active around the world, he has served as head chef at the Japanese embassies in Paris and Washington and given special instruction in Japanese cuisine at a Swiss hotel school. He takes great care in arranging each and every food item to draw out the distinctive characteristics. He runs a cooking school in Tokyo, works in TV, magazines and on the lecture circuit, and is also a prolific author. In the program, he takes us to the heart of Japanese cuisine through scientific analysis of the culinary techniques used with all the various ingredients and inside instruction on everything from basic to startling professional skills.
She is a "cooking researcher" who uses her own original techniques to introduce cooking that everyone can enjoy. She has written books on such diverse themes as Japanese cuisine, home cooking, entertaining, and cakes and sweets. In the program, she both introduces the Japanese food culture now drawing attention abroad and proposes her own easy-to-make Japanese recipes. She offers ideas, too, for alternatives to items and utensils that might be hard to obtain abroad so that you can make your own Japanese-style food wherever you happen to be.
And their sidekicks Siera Kagami and Patrick Harlan:
Model, singer, actress. Born in Tokyo in 1987 to a Canadian father and a Japanese mother. She debuted as a model at age 12 and soon after began her acting and music career. She is currently featured in TOKYO GIRL'S COLLECTION in addition to modeling for various other magazines. Ms. Kagami also appears on television and in films. In her free time she enjoys ballet, hip-hop dancing, swimming, basketball, and shodo Japanese calligraphy.
Born in the USA and now one of the best known foreign-born entertainers in Japan, in addition to playing the funny man in comic duo Pack'n Mack'n, Patrick is an accomplished actor, radio DJ and TV personality. His Japanese skills, Harvard education and comedy credentials give him the depth and credibility to succeed in a variety of roles. Patrick's solo work ranges from TV dramas to game shows to commercials, from political commentary to picture books