Day in the Life of a Japanese Master Chef

[Music] [Music] this is Hiawatha a MasterChef famous in Japan for his kobe inspired fusion style cooking called Xinhua Shogun which means that new Japanese cuisine and he’s just arriving at his Roppongi Midtown office and I’m just waiting upstairs to greet him all right house on should be coming around the corner any second now good morning what time did you wake up Johanna tokuji gnocchi master for economic hit oh so his day doesn’t start at the kitchen but instead with an internal staff meeting although Hal has established several high-end restaurants in Japan he also runs a popular cupcake shop called Tokyo in Tatsu and in preparation of the new shop opening he has to review the shop implementation details with his staff at this level it’s not enough to simply make delicious food there’s a lot of people involved in the creation of each restaurant [Music] finally all finished against my exciting meaning you really meant long meeting so now they’re hitting halt to his flagship restaurant how you musta Tokyo it’s also located in Roppongi Midtown time to taste some food part of being a master chef is to create new menu items in order to keep the shop relevant especially in Tokyo apparently each batch of cupcakes are made with different ingredient amounts but houses hue relies solely on taste instead of the batch recipe as final judgement it all prepared correctly houses he can usually approve new menu items within three tastings but damn that’s a lot of calories so basically they just finished the taste to see now and some more stuff or the diplomats policy has been what four hours so far and it’s all been meetings he isn’t very much involved in the business process the planning process but the quality process it’s quite amazing it’s like that adage more money more problems I guess of more restaurants more food tastings I think it’s gonna be quite a long day another aspect of being a master chef is a celebrity now he has a photoshoot with a famous Japanese photographer shinny yamagishi known for his portrait gallery of public figures which now how is gonna be a part of damn that’s a lot of bowing I can feel the respect from here [Music] although most people in Tokyo use public transit how must be judicious on how he uses his time running as many business as he does traveling by car is the only practical solution so in the culinary industry what do you think is the difference between Japan and the rest of the world waka equals a thousand I’m a Muslim this man he says that for example in the States talented young chefs are able to find investors to help start their restaurant businesses so even if they fail they can find another investor to start a different restaurant whereas in Japan investors are rare so succeeding the first time is critical in fact when he started his first restaurant in Kobe he had to take on a high interest loan to get the restaurant started diamond genome said sugoku the idea bow position clearly then I don’t know happiness even on the residence [Music] so this is a pseudo restaurant in he BIA oh oh I think something is cut as I at the storefront looks like he’s telling the manager to take it down I guess it’s all in the details even the sign presentation has caught his attention [Music] how how does it taste as you know she don’t we don’t cut their things in the salons because almost okay come on you gotta we don’t have it again so whatever you would have thought to maintain the quality of food and service at each of his restaurants he must schedule periodic visits I asked if you can simply hire someone to do these checks for him but how says it’s difficult for someone to completely know for how each dish is to taste so he has to do it himself [Music] so it’s getting a little bit intense over there as a that teaches the staff how to prepare that who don’t do it Austin feels like a fifth time they brought it out and still not coming out right luckily how’s the nice enough to prepare some we don’t for me so I’m just gonna keep all these over there instructing them how to make a proper we don’t noodles the curry sauce is amazing a little bit spicy it’s a super super thick this is like the best hurry we don’t have ever had noodles hard or not okay we’re getting hands on now how mentions it’s actually common for preparation and flavors to change over time it’s not the cooks fault as this naturally happens but rather it’s a master chefs responsibility to routinely taste the food to ensure that each dish is prepared correctly how what’s wrong with the pork cuts it you module skeleton relations listen hi Toby Pato Brock you be partying at the hotel no captain came upon an avocado into the bees dignity so what do we do the lucky they’re putting the gotta call it Wow how many times have you asked them to remake the noodles q KY Mary damn that’s a lot of bowls well now that the quality has been restored I’m not bid the many specials in Japan it’s common to be written by hand well we’re ready to move on I think it took longer than expected you were working by yourself at first right can I ask if it was easier alone or in a large team like now still yet totally sloppy remember the costume Oh Jeannie you know the project over the vordigan of their motor story that objected Ignis simon cade oh my Tamiya they do hoga a party Universal Dodi al-fayed so on our way back how has decided to stop by two of his other shops to see how to stop a doing oh this is the cupcake shop padronia oh and this is his lounge restaurant it even has a sushi counter he’s really in everything finally back to Roppongi while many workers in Tokyo are caulking out at this time how is just getting started [Music] born in kobane known for its mountains oceans sake and Kobe beef as well as traveling the world all helped influence how to create a new style of cuisine called Xinhua Shoku which utilizes modern techniques to bring out the full potential of Japanese ingredients one of her specialties is a signature rolled Kobe beef filled with sea urchin and talked with smoked caviar but as a master chef he’s able to prepare Kobe beef dishes in many different ways so what would you say the most important thing is when you cook don’t that’s good stuff Mike I might make a yes team or finger salute wow this is what it’s like being behind the kitchen and it’s a it’s actually right-click four or five in different shapes in this like narrow space but they’re all or came together they don’t seem to like bumpin each other everyone works together so well looks like house is gonna be here for the rest of their night so I guess we’re just gonna wait until he finishes how long have you been working here for so what’s the most difficult thing [Applause] [Music] are you not going home yet hell whatever you usually go home don’t know and see the local vivica all right so that’s the day in a life of Japanese master chef what do you guys think if you like this video help me out and hit that like button if you guys want to see more day in the life video as I have more coming definitely if the subscribe button in the Belbin if you guys want to see what I’m doing on the daily and definitely check out my Instagram account if you want help support the channel and check out don’t go merch yeah that’s pretty much it he’s still working and I think it’s time to go home

100 comments on “Day in the Life of a Japanese Master Chef”

  1. Paolo fromTOKYO says:

    Also see a Japanese Ramen Chef or the Complete Japan Day in the Life video series Let me know what your favorite video is so far and why so I can produce more.

  2. Geardos says:

    these videos are great you def found a good japan niche on youtube that stands out

  3. Ivaer Adon says:

    I love this series; it's so candid!

  4. Sour Puss says:

    Paolo: "That's a lot of calories!"
    Chef Hal: "UGHHHH…"

  5. teslataslav says:

    Very well made. I enjoyed the cinematography as well as the story. Keep it up!

  6. teslataslav says:

    The slow move at 9:43 to the right handheld … smooth …

  7. eka hadi says:

    Njir tokyo entotsu

  8. Princess Peach says:

    The Japanese are so like the Chinese in this regard. Excessive difference to meetings and consensus. Makes for very slow innovation and dynamics though. However great for doing very precision tasks.

  9. Eddie Suarez says:

    I sleep 5 to 6hours

  10. Trebor Vainilla says:

    The video hasn't started and I knos that this will blow my mind.

  11. mynameisKeeJeff says:

    A day in a life of a professional musician would be great to watch! 🙂

  12. nik talhah says:

    i love this series so much!!!!, Hontouni arigato Paolo san

  13. Paul Tao O'Kain says:

    You might want to try day of the life coffee shop

  14. Torben Scharling says:

    Why do you whisper on all your videos? Kinda weird

  15. D Towel says:

    I enjoy your videos a lot! ありがとう!

  16. Meng Hing Kueh says:

    NIce video 🙂

  17. Jay Lamont says:

    These are so amazing my office has lunch discussion/review about them .. thank you just keep them coming bows

  18. Sonny Estufa Shieh says:


  19. Jade Bannie says:

    ohhh so hectic & stressful….not good

  20. Francis Santora says:

    Wow this looks like serious misery, but I respect his hard work.

  21. Maizura T says:

    Love the videos on life of a… keep it up👍

  22. Street Food POV says:

    These videos about chefs in Japan are amazing, please keep doing!

    I do post videos about japanese food on my channel too, feel free to check out!

  23. Shasha Ravacio says:

    Love all your vids, Paolo, especially this series! Can you do an animator's day in the life, too? Or maybe a mangaka? Thanks for all you awesomeness!

  24. Abe Rios says:

    I know the dude must have to taste and evaluate the quality of things for the customers and no disrespect but nice things doesn’t make someone like nicer please look after your body as well. Getting a little chubby there.

  25. Lars Norberg says:

    This is quite impressive. I can't imagine anybody here in Norway doing this level of quality control. A lot of people have much to learn from this man! 🙂

  26. Audy D says:

    He's amazing, but I don't see any time available for family, is he single?

  27. Shintaro tamai says:

    Come to Hiroshima and post Hiroshima video lol

  28. Lezend Plays says:

    I wanna see "day in life" of ceo of a company to see what they do

  29. VL DT says:

    Amazing, hopefully I can visit his restaurants some time ;;

  30. Aiden Rawlins says:

    A day in the life of a neet

  31. ChaosChampion says:

    Great inside in his life. Good work as always, keep it up 🙂

  32. Steven Davis says:

    I would love to go to Japan, but I don't have anyone to go with 🙁

  33. Lemon alam says:

    Hey Paolo, Can you make video on Japanese Countryside!!!

  34. Lemon alam says:

    I love Japan, But It's the Countryside that I love, Can you make a video about it. There is no good video About it, and You make awesome videos ,

  35. Lemon alam says:

    We would love if you could Make A Video about Japanese Countryside!!!!

  36. Lemon alam says:

    This Series feelolike A YouTube Original series!!! Love it!!! BUT CAN YOU PLEASE MAKE A VIDEO ABOUT JAPANESE COUNTRYSIDE!!!!!!!!!

  37. Andreas Paul says:

    Love this type of video! It's a great way to learn more about the culture, different from simply being a tourist there.

  38. 奈月スバル says:


  39. Samanouske Akichi says:

    Dose he has a time to kiss his wife or maybe he has no one to kiss 😂

  40. nasiruddin .yussof says:

    great information

  41. Sam Li says:


  42. One Love says:

    I really love your videos.

  43. 2Fresh says:

    Most interesting so far! Keep it up!

  44. Anne Trent says:

    I am really enjoying your “Day in the Life” series! I’m looking forward to the next episode.

  45. Karl says:

    I LOVE your job! So awesome. So interesting! So intriguing.

  46. Black Eye says:

    More of this series please

  47. Black Eye says:

    This old bastard is crazy xD

  48. Jonas Candy says:

    "when my worker have an amazing idea, i open up store for them, and the young chef will manage"
    I hope i have executive chef like him..

  49. kelly gumabao says:

    Love this series! Hope you can make a day in thw life of a manga artist/animators! Thanks!!!

  50. Vishaal Khairnar says:

    Best video and incredible series… Nice..

  51. 1 Lamar says:

    Japanese cuisine is crap

  52. Jindujun says:

    Yes, he makes a lot of money, yes he achieved something great in life and yes, he loves what he's doing. But is it sustainable long term? Is it healthy? I don't know…I would not want to change life with him.

  53. Dont mind me im just doing my business says:

    akala ko si yamyam 2:36

  54. Максим says:

    Can you do Day in the Life of a fashion designer, and a mangaka?

  55. Milton M. says:

    He needs those seven hours of sleep 😰

  56. 09Cyrix says:

    I really love this series! It's very informative. Keep it up Paolo!

  57. Ezra says:

    "traveling by (PORSCHE) is the only practical solution"… Indeed!

  58. こなすた says:


  59. Anime Daily says:

    Day in the Life of a "Manga artist" or "Graphic designer"
    Thank you! Love from Philippines <3

  60. Vighter76 says:

    Hi Paolo, thank you for always giving us such informative videos about Japan, I hope you can help me with my question: We are travelling to Japan this winter and will be in Tokyo during New Year. I've read articles about anime fukubukuro and definitely want to buy some. I've seen that the Animate shop in Ikebukuro sells them as well as Radio Raikan or Mandarake in Akihabara. But I've seen videos on Youtube where you can buy specific fukubukuro for dragon ball for example or one piece. Is there any chance that you know where to get that? Maybe I missed a video, where you talk about it, but if not, could you maybe help me here please? Thank you so much for your answer to this.

  61. Brad Wass says:

    Do they always burp in public

  62. elfacisco says:

    Great, but no at home shots?

  63. Zephyr Zephyr says:

    Can you make a day in the life of a Japanese architect please 🙂

  64. Ellipsis says:

    Pls do "Day in the life of a pre-school teacher"

  65. mnm addict says:

    Nice looking ladies in that office

  66. Hu Jiaming says:

    Why he drives Porsche? Should he be driving a Japanese brand vehicle?

  67. Hu Jiaming says:

    Good to see someone is strict with keeping the high standards on where it is needed, that is really necessary in today's society.

  68. Aaisha QwertyQawerty says:

    فضلا أرجوا منكم الترجمة العربية المصاحبة لكي نستفيد من قناتكم . شكرا لكم .

  69. emichos erit says:

    Its awesome he is doing something he loves but people that spend 60% of their life at working and another 25% sleeping make me depressed af.

    There is more to life than that and trust me, the expensive cars arent worth it.

  70. Wolfphile says:

    This was so entertaining. I watch this while eating cause all of his videos makes me hungry for some odd reason!

  71. enraged gecko says:

    Daily life of a tokyo police officer! Or a taxi driver, or a school teacher

  72. Walrus Guy says:

    Japan needs to cool off, they work way to hard!
    Less work more play

  73. Jose Moran says:

    I love this series so much.Japan is so diverse in opportunity it provides. I love seeing the different perspectives of everyone’s lives you’ve featured. This is by far my favorite series you’ve made . I remember when I visited japan in February, seeing so many people boarding trains and I’d wonder what they do for a living and what their daily routine is. This helped give us a little insight. Keep it up excited to see who you show next

  74. MilkANDMagic says:

    How about a day in the life of a boxer?

  75. Oliver GP says:

    very cool video, calm, relaxing and like the idea of following someone in his life, your montage is very nice…please continue

  76. MajiicsoO says:

    Day in a life of a Japanese Graphic Designer would be nice to see

  77. osvaldo garcia says:

    So he literally only is at home to sleep? Must really love being a Chef.

  78. eyes2small says:

    Hey!! I really love these series you’re doing! Here are some ideas that maybe you can do

    -life of a manga artist
    -life of a judo or karate master
    -life of a jpop or jrock Star
    -life of a Japanese fish merchant
    -life of a video game developer

    Can’t wait for more!

  79. Cheron Roggen says:

    No ways, how can he work so hard. That cannot be healthy! Its amazing how much he is achieving and managing all the perfect restaurants. But I do feel that he is missing out on resting.

  80. Shin Dizzle says:

    Well Done! I really enjoy the ground level filming, it feels so real and relative definitely my favorite series in any travel and culture related channel. Great job

  81. Gracie James says:

    Love these Day in the Life videos!!! Keep up the great work!

  82. Matthew Vasquez says:

    I can feel the pressure on that chef who had to keep making the udon noodles…

  83. Toni Wolf says:

    "A Day in the Life" series is just the best…Hope to see much more…Great job….

  84. s devrim says:

    This is EXACTLY the attitude that made him so succesfull in the first place. Some things in life are just meant to be a certain way

  85. Out Cast says:

    do a day in the life of a manga writer

  86. Anna Wan says:

    Amazing and hardworking chef thanķs for the story.😮😊🙏💖

  87. Japan My3rdHome says:

    Your Videos are always very informative and fun, no boring moments! Good Job as always Paolo!!!
    You make us feel so much more in love with Japan and the people of Japan, the day in a life are always interesting to watch, places to visit and cheap food!

  88. ジュン says:

    Excuse me I'm 18 yo want to become a doctor in Japan is that possible?
    I passed N4 now?

  89. Emil Hultling says:

    I have a suggestion that in the future we should hear you speaking Japanese while talking to other people speaking japanese rather than you dubbing over yourself. It i very ofputting.

  90. Ron Reynr says:

    0:58 exiting? do you mean exciting? because if its exiting, it means that he's leaving the meeting before it even happen.

  91. Navid Azimi says:

    Those camera angles were awesome
    You are the best

  92. Momomin says:

    I love this series!!! But it makes me a little bit sad that it seems like no one, doesn’t matter their profession, don’t get many hours of sleep in Japan lol

  93. Dirk Balter says:


  94. ReplayStation says:

    I love that he says that the key is to make every dish like you're making it for someone you care about. It applies all the way down the restaurant ladder. I worked at a Subway when I was 16 and always said that you have to make the sandwiches like you're making them for yourself. Care about what you create and you'll find that others will appreciate it.

  95. mosindesire says:

    Wow, that is one heck of a day. One question you should ask all of these people is when do they get time off and how much of it. Seems that guy would be busy 20hr a day, every day. And yes, more videos!

  96. Fluffy, The Dignified Old Cat says:

    That sleep patterns, Isnt that bad for him on the long run?

  97. Neko 808 says:

    I love this series of videos you’re doing. Thumbs up!

  98. oneinfniteloop says:

    Love this series, looking forward for more

  99. fiddlestickz muzik says:

    It's just insane how long the japanese work day is, it seems to me that all most all Japanese workers do is work, eat and sleep, with the sleeping being optional by the looks of things…lol That Chef seems like a nice guy, he sems quite funny and has a nice character. More uploads like this please, something not food orientated please, too many food videos, how about sports, music, hobbies or arts etc..?

  100. Li Fan says:

    Most Japanese people work really hard, I would not survive working in Japan.

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