The Gohan Society


Nicole Bermensolo

Nicole Bermensolo founded Kyotofu with the goal of introducing American audiences to the deliciously balanced Japanese way with sweets. She has studied the art of tofu making at Kyotofu-Fujino, a fourth-generation Kyoto tofu company, and developed her deep knowledge about and passion for Japanese food culture through extensive travel and research in Japan over the course of several years.

As owner-operator of Kyotofu, Nicole has had her hands in all aspects of the business, from washing dishes and sweeping floors to developing recipes and negotiating purchasing agreements. Fluent in the Japanese language, Nicole takes pride in the exceptional relationships she has built with an exclusive group of Japanese suppliers, including sake breweries and highly-regarded makers of teas, rice crackers, soy beans, soy milk, and miso, all of which are in large part responsible for the quality and authenticity of Kyotofu’s products.

Nicole’s love of Japanese culture stretches back to childhood, and was solidified during a two-year stint living in Tokyo and studying Japanese business practices at Sophia University (Jochi Daigaku), on scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education.  Previously to Kyotofu’s founding in 2006, Nicole was employed with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. for four years, managing an $85 billion portfolio of short-term asset backed securities. Nicole graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance and International Business, minoring in Japanese.

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