Day in the Life of a Japanese Master Chef

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

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts 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. Chanlder Webs says:

    Day and life of a 7 11 employee pls or ministip or family mart

  3. Matt Bartlett says:

    Can’t get enough of the day in the life videos Paolo !
    Keep up the good work ☺️

  4. Bubblegum says:

    Good video. The owner seems nice and also strict (in a good way).

  5. DesMonDLee24 says:

    more! more day in the life !!!! i don care who! maybe a cat next!

  6. Eugene L says:

    Great series!

  7. Jake Leggett says:

    Coulda done without that ear piercing slurp directly into your microphone but other than that interesting video

  8. Ventoviera s says:

    Where did that woman go at 2:41?

  9. lin90210 says:

    Really loving this series 🙂

  10. Hunter Cheun says:

    wow such a commitment to his empire, much respect! Great series!

  11. Vision says:

    Got respect a man that get it done.

  12. Dark Cat says:

    Seems like he works more in one day than me in a week.

  13. Charmayne Roberson says:


  14. Jack Morris says:

    I like seeing the people “wake up” even though it’s staged it’s always a nice start to the day watching them get ready and commute. This one was missing something by starting at 10am!

  15. skye beauchamp says:

    Any chance we could get a top ten vegetarian foods in any area of your choice? 😮

  16. Bret Caron says:

    How do you know all these people? Do you reach out, or did you already know each other?

  17. d2020 says:

    I wonder how he controls each restaurant finances. I own two restaurants and have to be always aware of the money, especially all the cash that is very easy to steal. I cant imagine how would I do if I own another one. I would have to split in many parts to control everything.

  18. Mountain Guy says:

    I don't know how you pulled this off but keep them coming! 👍👍👍💜

  19. Sloane DeRothschild says:

    Loved this chefs work ethic! I’m definitely going to try his restaurants 😋 And those cupcakes look so delicious ❤️

  20. Drzgamer says:

    I would love to see a Day in the Life of a software developer. It be cool if you can show a Software developer at a modern company, and one from a more traditional company. Like do more modern companies adopt more western ideas in terms of work/life balance.

  21. Kevin Daniels says:

    He's on the 4 hour sleep schedule? Sounds painful =(.

  22. lu tony says:

    Love your day in the life series !! may i request day in the life for football player or any professional althlete in Japan! thanks

  23. annie mekdara says:

    Waiting for a “Day in the Life of Paolo from Tokyo”

  24. Kent Berame says:

    I love that you always have a clip where you are waiting for the person you are following, and you always say, blank person is coming any minute now from the (train, around the corner, from their car)

  25. Lung Khan says:

    this is no chef, just a businessman… 😉
    To be a chef is completely different…

  26. John Daly says:

    Can u do a day in a life of a hikikomori?

  27. improperusername says:

    I don't understand how the Japanese survive on such little sleep each night!

  28. Ali Azimi says:

    it's like watching one of top 10 chef in Shokugeki No Soma

  29. Amazing Travellers says:

    I like very much the country Japan. My one of the wish in life to visit Japan n their culture. Eagerly waiting for the day. Like all your videos. I have also started a travel Vlogging channel. Hope all the good hearts here will visit n support my sma channel also. Kudos to your work. Keep rocking 💪🏻👍😍

  30. John Ramirez says:

    The amount of work and dedication that goes into running a business is always impressive.

  31. Rob L says:

    VEry cool vid man. Wow, cool chef also!

  32. Sayan Dochinkhuu says:

    I have seen over few hundreds of day in life videos on Youtube, this is by far the best, most interesting day in life series on Youtube! I am hooked.

  33. HRMD GSIS says:

    Hey, Paolo. Gawa ka naman ng about sa sumo wrestlers or a Yakuza. Seriously.

  34. Catherine Benlot says:

    Love your accent kuya Pao 😂

  35. 123koekoek says:

    Nice series! 👌🏻

  36. Eric Connor says:

    these are so interesting and entertaining. awesome, series. But 5hours sleep, how are you gonna survive that :O

  37. arimpact says:

    Is that a baby coughing at 2:27? lol

  38. World of Travels says:

    Looks like a tiring yet rewarding day for a master chef.

  39. World of Travels says:

    Awesome episode. Keep them coming in. Thank you for making this video.

  40. Netizens Arrest says:

    I am LOVING this series Paolo! Keep up the great content!

  41. Alexis Raymundo says:

    exciting** not exiting

  42. Juan Carlos Tee says:

    A day in the life of a Japanese teacher or full-time musician should be great!

  43. W L says:

    Child day care worker

  44. Yanick Landry says:

    It’s very generous of your guest to welcome you in his daily life, especially since he seems to have intense meeting. You should continue until you do a day in the life of the prime minister !

  45. Onin Hasan says:

    A north face t-shirt and a Porsche
    damn how much does chef Hal earn each year XD

  46. Michael Sanchez says:

    Love these videos..more more:)

  47. Callum Mandragore says:

    I'm not going to lie I subscribed on my previous account very early on but stopped watching your videos after a while. Recently thanks to this series I have found your account again on this current account and have really enjoyed watching the videos I have missed since I stopped!

  48. Gmail Account says:

    Hal's gonna have a burnout

  49. madcityy says:

    I freaking love that Japanese people take their shoes off – even in offices.

  50. Adrian says:

    chef vindex versi jepang gondrong

  51. Lord Fesnor says:

    i would love to see an episode around someone who works at a shinkansen train of someone who works at a high end department store. when i was in japan last year it amazed me how dedicated these people were.

  52. Baye3Ha11 says:

    listen man you are AMAZING!!!! what you are doing is incredible keep the phenomenal work

  53. utopia2022 says:

    Day in the life of a Tea Ceremony Master or a Zen Monk?

  54. Infovest says:

    What kind of car is he driving?? Reminds me of a Bentley.

  55. Venice Aka says:

    He has so much passion for his craft and it’s admirable. I just started your series and I’m hooked! 😁

  56. ryan hineman says:

    do a school teacher!

  57. J K says:

    Can you do a day of :

    pet cafe owner (cat cafe, owl cafe, rabbit cafe… any will do)
    Anime artist
    Traditional snack vendor

  58. Marie Yazzie says:

    My brothers and I are headed to Tokyo this week. Hope to see ya. Your videos have been helpful for us.

  59. John Norman says:

    Hi! Your "A Day in the Life" series are so great and very entertaining. They give us new point of views in life and have respect even more to other people. Kindly also do Day in the Life of a Nurse in Japan and Day in the Life of a High School Teacher in Japan. Thank you!!!

  60. Eratic_Bhavior says:

    The day in the life series is so edutaining i love it!!

  61. Super Nova says:

    I do relate to the guy making udon getting scolded or being corrected by the big boss

  62. The Wayward Grape says:

    That was very interesting, thanks for the video. He''s literally effecting his bottom line by quality testing, I can imagine it's not a cheap business to run! Day in the life of a Japanese Police Officer perhaps?

  63. doubleoazn03 says:

    Keep the series up, I love it

  64. Rajat Dhanda says:

    Loving the "Life of a…" Series! Would love to see the day to day life of a chiropractor in Japan!

  65. Aubrey ` says:

    I like this video the most out of the whole series. I liked that you did not begin the intro in his private residence. Seemed more respectful of his status & a tighter focus on the primary story. Also, the dolly shots were excellent & perfectly placed. I'm curious about the meaning of multicolored circle lapel pin Yamashita & his female assistant are wearing. Do you know the meaning? Well done Sir.👏👍🏻

  66. Anthony Tran-Vu says:

    I truly love this series. I get so excited whenever I see the next video pop up in my news feed 🤩 Thank you so much for this amazing content Paolo!

  67. Michael says:

    No thanks 1:00 AM !!? Dam !!!

  68. Sean Taylor says:

    Another Great Video thank you very much. Plus gave another place for me to try out next time. Cheers Paolo.

  69. shubus says:

    This "Day in the Life" series is gives us an amazing picture of life in Japan. I hope you never run out of ideas or people willing to share their day with you.

  70. Trista Fravel says:

    He protecc
    He attacc
    He never sleep
    Because he smoke cracc

  71. Trista Fravel says:

    I'd like to see you do a "western intervention series" – where you confront Japanese people with their friends and family on camera and make them take a 2 week vacation

  72. MrLeviathoth says:

    Day in the life are my favorite videos. Keep 'em coming, Paolo.

  73. machinech says:

    "…what time do you go home…. 1am"… Okay guys that's a day in the life (Paolo's like NOPE I'm out)

  74. Jimson Tan says:

    I so love your content Paolo!

  75. D Lee says:

    Hey Paolo! Love your videos! They are some of the most comprehensive and insightful daily life videos I have seen on youtube and I've learned more from videos than I have from other videos or sources. Could you do a video on the daily life of a JSDF soldier/officer? I think that would be very interesting as we hear and see so much from the Japanese civilian side but not the govenment/military side.

  76. Ahmed Ismail says:

    i love this day in the life series , i subscribed because of it , thank you very much

  77. J_B_D says:

    He said he wakes up at 6am but the meetings started round 11am??
    I’m thinking family time in the morning or something else but as a owner/etc I would start meetings earlier at like 8am then so on. He could be done by like 10pm latest.

  78. daseincog says:

    I love this series – don't stop making these, Paolo!! While I really enjoyed watching this one, I also like watching the ones with the average person. There's something comforting about knowing that people around the world do the similar mundane things in life, waking up and getting ready to go to work, or after work lounge at home watching tv with their family. I love how you film it all.

  79. QRS that's me says:

    Another great video! Great narration and your videography/ story telling skills are spot on. Just please keep making these types of videos.

  80. joseph bajuk says:

    I think a kool idea would be to get in contact with the Nippon jitensha shinkokai and do a segment on the daily routine of a keirin racer while they're secluded at the velodrome .

  81. Rafael Ongleo Perez says:

    Day on the life of an Engineer in Japan please.

  82. Devon ॐ says:

    My dream is to one day come to Japan and work as a cooking chef 😀

  83. Chansoriya says:

    Seriously how do you book these people and plan filming and get good shots. Do you have a team now? XD so cool

  84. Munch Munch says:

    those who only critised by only looking one side never knew how hard and dedicated success people can be

  85. Rania E says:

    these vids are soo underrated. i looove themm 🙂

  86. Carl says:

    this is awesome

  87. Belinda Ruddell says:

    Day in the life is amazing ✌🏻🌴✨ thank you for great content 👍🏻🥳

  88. Olandes Volador says:

    Man, This is.. insanely high quality content. Seriously Im glad your channel has grown so much you deserve all them views.

  89. Phuntsho Dorji says:

    Ramsey of Japan, everything matter…best with what he does with heart, best wishes

  90. M. Al Omari says:

    This series is great. Honestly I’m not surprised in fact that japan is light years ahead of the west interms of technology etc. Just look on how much care they put in and you can see they are not faking it.

  91. Plobe says:

    Thank you to make this video, i really wanna know what kind of Japan job looks like 🙂 i watched all your video btw but only here i can comment, ありがとう!

  92. mallemis says:

    I love this series, please make more 😀

  93. Frank G. says:

    Holy cow, talk about hard work. This dude is incredible.

  94. Sandy Su says:

    Day in a life of a Japanese housewife

  95. Roshan Uddin says:

    Please keep making A Day In The Life videos. I find them really interesting and they are great to watch.

  96. Dip ShitPhil says:

    How awkward must it be at the end of this master chefs video. This man is slaving until 1Am and Paolo is just gonna be like. "well okay I'ma go home now thanks!"

  97. Mo Iqbal says:

    Wow, so inspiring, the Master chef is very passsionate man

  98. Exgecko says:

    You need a lot more subscribers man. You deliver high quality content, subscribed!

  99. Exgecko says:

    He's the type of Master Chef who wants them to be perfect.

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