Wednesday 26 January, 2011 19:51
My name is Eiichi Sukegawa, and I am Japanese, and on my father’s side we come from the mountainous area of Nasu and on my mother’s side from Okinawa which is a group of sub-tropical islands off the south coast of Japan.I have been a Pâtissier and Chocolatier for 10 years, and a question that I am often asked is,” Why have you chosen to be a Pâtissier and Chocolatier?” The answer is quite simple! It is, through my skills in culinary arts, that my imaginative ideas can be realized. And it’s rewarding when other people appreciate the end result. For example, I recently made a cake for a special occasion, and in my mind, I pictured the Sacré Cœur in Paris which is known as the wedding cake on the hill, so I used this image to create a cake. I began my career as an apprentice Pâtissier in Ginza Tokyo, however, my passion for cuisine really started when I was introduced to the kitchen, by my aunt, when I was 10 years old.
In 2003, I came to France, which is famous for its culinary arts. There, I studied the language and culture both in Rouen and Strasbourg. In 2004, I was invited to London which I have come to love, there; I attended the Thames Valley University which is a centre of excellence in cuisine. And in 2010, I graduated with BA (Hons) in International Culinary Arts
In September 2010, I was introduced to Melt by Chika Watanabe, Head Chocolatier at Melt. I was taken by the fact that Melt, is an innovative and progressive company. There are 4 chefs working here, and collectively, we bring new ideas, on a regular basis. For example, Michael created a new range of fresh chocolates, Raquel introduced delicious Brownies, and I, in turn, introduced a New Melt Chocolate Cup Cake. This light chocolate cake is baked on the premises, using the finest ingredients with an eye-catching decoration on top. This is the first of many ideas that I have in mind. Who will produce the next mouth-watering delight? Please come and see for yourselves.