We celebrated the tenth anniversary of The Gohan Society with a spectacular gala at Sony Club on June 4, 2015. It was a lovely evening where we presented Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Chef David Bouley with the Washoku Ambassador Awards, introduced our four U.S.-Japan Culinary Exchange Scholarship recipients, and commemorated the designation of WASHOKU to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
Thanks to Chef Michael Romano, our Dinner Chairman, and our Dinner Vice Chairperson Ms. Hiroko Onoyama, we were able to share this event 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, Royce’, 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.
Top Spin, a New York-based video production company, documented this occasion by producing high quality videos so that we can remember the Gala for years to come. We are happy to announce that the video is complete, and Top Spin has uploaded four segments to YouTube, and we’d like to share them with you here.
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.
Restaurant consultant Barry Wine ran The Quilted Giraffe, an innovative American restaurant that offered one of the first tasting menus in New York City, blending Asian ingredients, Japanese culinary techniques, and Japanese food presentation. In 1994 he created Sony’s executive dining club, the space where we held our 10th Anniversary Gala.
Barry Wine has been a great friend of The Gohan Society from the very beginning, so Top Spin put together a video to say thank you!
The last video may be of particular interest to many of you as it is a photo montage of the ten-year history of The Gohan Society. Many of you have been helping The Gohan Society grow this past decade, and you may find yourself in one of the pictures!
If you prefer to view the entire evening in one complete video, we’ve put the segments into a playlist on our YouTube page.
The Gohan Society would not be what it is today without your support, and we thank you all for sharing this journey. Here’s to many more years of culinary and cultural exchange!