株式会社 GFC Tokyo
- CEO’s interview article appeared in an internet sight called "Hokkaido Likers”. The sight was planned and managed by Sapporo Brewery, Japan's leading beer brewer. A focus of the article was the Social Gastronomy Movement which our CEO is committed to launch from Hokkaido. https://www.hokkaidolikers.com/articles/4966
- Hosted a meeting with Sapporo’s business leaders to prepare for the start of the Social Gastronomy Movement from Hokkaido.
- July issue of Cuisine Kingdom, a leading food magazine for chefs and restaurant owners, had an article on the cooking event which our CEO and the Japan Gastronomy Association jointly hosted in February. The event was fully subscribed by enthusiastic and curious food lovers, and a waiting list to get a seat for cancelations was long. It was three mid-career graduates from Hattori Nutrition College in 2015 including our CEO who cooked and served a 7 course dinner.
- Our CEO has become a full－member of Sociedad Gastronomica in Hakodate which is chaired by the owner chef of Restaurant Vascu. He will attend the 8th World Gastronomy Conference in Hakodate which is scheduled for October 28 and 29.
- Our CEO with his two culinary school classmates hosted “Transforming from a businessman to a chef: a real treat of French, Italian and Udon noodles prepared by three chefs who enjoy their 2nd careers”. Seats were sold out quickly with a long waiting list to get in. The Cooking Kingdom, a quarterly food magazine, will write a story on the event.
- 3rd “Wai-Wai in English” took place with over 20 participants representing 5 countries.
- A family from Switzerland took a cooking lesson. They returned to Japan for a holiday after they had returned to Switzerland 2 years ago.
- 2nd “Wai-Wai in English” too place with over 15 participants.
- Using the platform of the Japan Gastronomy Association, our CEO launched “Wai-Wai in English”. This aims to develop a multi-cultural community where food lovers to meet in the Association’s kitchen and cook and eat together.
- From January 18, “Wai-Wai in English” will start at Japan Gastronomy Association`s kitchen in Akasaka. This new event aims to develop a community for understanding different food cultures. This is a casual event for English speaking food lovers by cooking and eating together. If you are interested in joining, please send e-mail to GFC.
Message form the Chief Executive
GFC Tokyo, Inc. (“GFC”) was established in the spring of 2015 to help people achieve a long healthy life with focus on food. Many industries continue to globalize attributable to the growing application of internet and the improving efficiency in logistics. The food industry is no exception. As a result, the food heritage of many countries is exposed to unprecedented challenges. It is therefore inevitable for the food industry and consumers to develop abilities to select food for both pleasure and safety.
Needless to say, along with good sleep and regular exercise, good diet is indispensable to our lives. Should we wish to live a long healthy life, we must develop a habit of consciously eating well. Filling an empty stomach without thinking of nutrition balance and calorie control shall no longer be anyone’s choice. We must stay with a good and balanced diet.
The average longevity of combined Japanese men and women has topped every other country in the world. Advanced medical technologies and care is unquestionably contributing the longevity. Many people believe including doctors and nutritionists that the Japan’s longevity is also attributable to her diet which is known as Washoku.
In 2014, UNESCO authenticated Washoku as an Intangible World Cultural Heritage. Since then, the Japanese government and private sectors have joined their hands to globally propagate Washoku. GFC hopes to take an active part in this effort through offering Washoku cooking classes in English and by participating in cross-border Washoku culture projects.
GFC will help people develop and sustain health through cooking. GFC will contribute to the growth of Tokyo as the crossing point of global food cultures. GFC will be a forerunner of promulgating Washoku culture.
GFC’s activities will be in line with the principles and objectives of the Basic Law of Food Education, Shokuiku, which was enacted in 2005. Our activities will respond to Shokuiku’s three principle objectives: i) develop the ability to choose food, ii) appreciate the benefit of eating with companions, and iii) understand the global industrial and environment issues of food for sustainability.
Company’s Symbolic Painting
GFC chose a strawberry painting by Rimako Horikawa for its corporate image as a branding strategy. The vivid red with brush details of the fruit and the tablecloth of this tempera painting gives anyone a strong impression. GFC hopes that overtime people will instantaneously connect the strawberry with its activities.
- 1) Cross-Cultural Food Exchange and Advisory
- ・Promotion of Washoku and its heritage overseas through planning, consultation and execution
- ・Assisting companies in the food industry and restaurants planning to enter Japanese markets
- ・Planning, participation and support for the exchange of food cultures
- ・Translation of materials and publications used in food related events, conferences and exchanges
- 2) Cooking Classes
- ・Cooking classes in English for non-Japanese
- ・Cooking classes in English for Japanese
- ・Private lunches and dinners
- ・Shopping assistance on groceries and kitchen utensils
- ・Catered cooking classes for tourists
Expansion outside of Japanin preparation.
If you have any enquiries or questions, please feel free to contact us. We will get back to you within 24 hours.
Chief Executive’s Background
Denison University, Granville, Ohio (Bachelor of Arts in Political Science)
ICU, Tokyo (Master of Public Administrations)
Hattori Nutrition College, Tokyo (Licensed Chef by the Japanese Government)
1977 – 1998 Corporate Finance, J.P. Morgan
1998 – 2003 Chief Country Officer, Bank of America Group in Japan
2003 – 2014 Chief Representative and the Tokyo Branch Manager, Deutsche Bank AG
2014 – Apprenticeship at Le Recamie
2015 – Chief Executive Officer, Global Food Crossing of Tokyo