Andrew Kojima is a British-Japanese chef, teacher and writer based in the Cotswolds. He started cooking at a young age and considered becoming a chef after reading Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. After graduating from Oxford University, he followed a different path, going on to spend ten years in the City. The desire was still there though, and Andrew decided to test himself by entering Masterhef.
After reaching the MasterChef finals in 2012, Andrew seized the opportunity to turn his passion into his profession. His first stop was Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche, just the first on a fast track training programme in top kitchens. Andrew has worked for Michelin star chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal, and Sergio Herman.
Andrew combines the discipline and techniques learned from top restaurants with his own imagination, flair and creativity. He creates bespoke tasting menus for both private and corporate clients. Andrew has also designed menus for pop up events at art galleries, pubs and restaurants across the UK. His food has been served to the Queen, pop stars and Hollywood royalty.
Andrew gives cookery lessons and demonstrations around the UK, entertaining audiences with his personality and passion as much as his cooking. He has appeared regularly on television, featured in several publications and written articles for Spears Magazine. His first restaurant, Koj, opened in Cheltenham in March 2017. Its focus is to push Japanese cuisine in the UK beyond the comfort zone of sushi and tempura.
About your day
Our MasterChef days take place on the beautiful Catton Hall Estate. On the picturesque Derbyshire and Staffordshire border, we are only minutes from the A38. We also have plenty of free parking.
You’ll have the support of our “kitchen fairies” who’ll ensure you have everything you need during the day. Put on your MasterChef apron and get ready for the day’s challenges. We’ll provide all the equipment and ingredients that you’ll need during the day. At the end of the day, you’ll get to take your apron home with you, as well as a MasterChef goody bag.
You’ll be sitting down together during the day to eat the dishes you’ve created. We’ll also provide wine and soft drinks. This is a great opportunity to share your experiences and tips from the challenges. You might also get to hear a few stories from your MasterChef.
Our day courses run from 10.15am to 4 pm. Join the team for early morning refreshments from 10 am.