About Andrew Kojima
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 Masterchef.
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.