Happy Holiday from Tuscany!!21/12/2020
2. An unexpected chance has arrived!30/03/2021
Hi, I'm Hiro.
I would like to tell what brought me to Italy. 28 years of experience to chef abroad, how I arrived in Italy, why it was Italy, a series of failures that I went through without knowing anything about anything, happy things, sad things, cooking, living abroad, etc. . If you are a chef, if you are about to start living abroad, even if times change, I hope it will give you some ideas, so keep in touch.
How I work now
I am from Japan and I have been working as a chef abroad since 1993. Since 1995 I have been working in various Italian restaurants and taverns and since 2015 I have started to be a private or personal chef. I work mainly for Brunello wineries in Montalcino, farmhouses surrounded by the beautiful hills of Crete Senesi in Buonconvento, occasionally in Siena but now also from abroad, if you call me I go anywhere. But how did I become like this? I will write with my career or past memories.
Born in 1969, I graduated from a local high school in Kyoto prefecture and then attended a professional information processing school in Osaka city. After school, I loved music, second-hand clothes, and vintage cars, and would hang out at second-hand clothing stores and local used record stores in Osaka with my friends. On weekends, I would always go to a friend from high school who worked at a pool bar near Ichijoji in Kyoto, and we would drive around in his awesome 1963 VW BEETLE wearing a DAYTON spoked wheel. The 8-inch chain handle shines on the inside. And the height of the car is less than 7 inches from the ground. It was my first time seeing and riding a Mexican style lowrider by VolksWagen Beetle. I was fascinated by the beauty of the car seen from the left window and chatted with my friends all night.
During the summer holidays, I worked part-time as a local pool keeper and finished my two years of vocational school. From now on, I have never had more free and fun time every day than that time. And the fun student life is over and I had to find a job.
Start to work
I could continue these jobs but got a job at a leather goods wholesaler for women's clothing in Esaka, Osaka. It was a job to manage delivery, sales, and inventory in the women's clothing section of an Osaka department store. I was assigned to the Hankyu department store in Umeda, was in a company's van every morning, drove to Umeda to sell, check inventory and finish work. It was hard work. My first career as a clerk. It was all interesting for the first time, but is it suitable for me somewhere? I started thinking, cheeky and left the company in less than a month.
Back to home town
I went back in my hometown and started look for a job.
My hometown is Ayabe City, which is about 60 kilometers north of Kyoto city. There can't be as much work as in the city. It was not a permanent job, but a part-time job for about a year. Civil engineering workers, archaeological digs, water affairs, ... too limited.
I heard that friend from Kyoto was back too, so I got in touch and started working together. My job was to make small capacitors to connect to electrical appliances. I was thinking of going back to Osaka again so I needed the money to do anything from now on. I did my best with the goal of € 7.8 million.
Thanks to this work I learned a lot. importance of working in an organization and the 14 or 5 colleagues who worked with me are outsourced, so they weren't full time employees at work. Some people work part time because they didn’t know what they wanted to do in the future, others like me who go back to their hometown because their previous job didn't go well and they only worked for money to support their families. how people think and how they perceive the world. In any case, friendships around the age of 20 are very narrow and people who speak with the same sense of thought tend to come together, as I used to be. It was fun to play with stunning friends and I was not familiar with different bands at all. However, I didn't know that if I hadn't worked in a local factory that I had never been aware of before, each person would be born and raised in a completely different environment and each person would have a different way of thinking. It was a time when I could glimpse the harshness of reality and gradually understand the world. A year later, I hit my budget and got ready to go back to Osaka and started contacting my friends in Osaka.
At Osaka, while working part-time, walking around Higashi-Shinsaibashi without thinking about anything, there was a sign "Chef Wanted" on the shutter of a fusion restaurant. I made a young and unreasonable request to jump into the shop with that foot and work. ・ I had no cooking experience. ・ I have a little memory of having a kitchen knife. ・ My life as a chef started from there.
If I didn't work at that restaurant ... If I worked at a different restaurant, I'm sure my life would have changed. Thank you very much to the owner and chefs at the restaurant for patiently teaching me.