The Gohan Society

The Gohan Society’s 10th Anniversary Gala

We celebrated our 10th anniversary with a wonderful gala on June 4 at Sony Club, where we honored two remarkable chefs, Nobu Matsuhisa and David Bouley, with the Washoku Ambassador Award and celebrated Washoku being inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

Thanks to Chef Michael Romano, our Dinner Chairman, and our Dinner Vice Chairperson Ms. Hiroko Onoyama, we shared a wonderful evening with restaurateurs, chefs, and foodies. We were fortunate to have Tim and Nina Zagat as our keynote speakers, and what an honor it was to have UN Ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa present Chefs Nobu and Bouley with their awards.

The evening began with a reception featuring fantastic dishes by participating restaurants Bouley, Boulud Sud, Gramercy Tavern, Nobu, Sony Club Sushi Bar, Ippodo, and Lady M Confections. While sampling these foods guests participated in a silent auction for exciting prizes donated by several members of the culinary community and beyond.


The primary focus of this event was to introduce the recipients of the U.S.-Japan Culinary Exchange Scholarships, which are made possible through the generous donations by supporters of The Gohan Society. This year, Erik Battes, Joe Downey-Zayas, Damien Niotis, and Ben Pollinger will travel to Japan from August 29 through September 7 for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to exchange cooking methods, ingredients, and styles with top chefs in Ishikawa Prefecture.

We thank everyone who attended and donated so generously to support our programs. It was a night to remember!


Please enjoy these photos by Stephen Clare and Zhanyi Jiang, who creatively captured moments from our fabulous evening .


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