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Naomi Kakiuchi is President of NuCulinary, a culinary education company with a mission of sharing food and culture to bring people together. From 1997 through 2010, Naomi founded and ran a cooking school teaching the culinary traditions of Asia. She currently teaches private cooking classes and creates custom teambuilding events and cooking parties. An expert in Asian cuisine, she is a favorite guest instructor at other Northwest area schools as well. As a registered dietitian and IACP Certified Culinary Professional, all of Naomi's classes are a balanced blend of food, history, nutrition, and fun.

Naomi runs the Chef Program for the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance's seven urban farmers markets in greater Seattle. Her live chef demonstrations highlight the Northwest’s chefs and farmers, providing shoppers the how-to for cooking and eating with the area’s bounty of seasonal fresh produce.

Her community service includes her work as food committee chair for the Executive Development Institute’s benefit dinner and auction, and in the past she served as president of the Women’s Business Exchange. She also teaches a class on “The Business of Food” as an adjunct professor at Bastyr University.

Naomi is the Executive Producer of a series of educational DVD’s, The Art of Sushi. Bringing together traditional and modern tastes, Naomi features both her mom, Matsue Watanabe, demonstrating the recipes passed down in their family, as well as techniques from guest sushi master, Hajime Sato. The DVDs are available in several retail stores and on-line at theartofsushiDVD.com.

In 2008, the American Dietetic Association presented Naomi’s recipes in their cookbook, Cooking Healthy Across America. Naomi also publishes a weekly email newsletter with tips, recipes and talk. Naomi’s passion lies in the building of community. Her belief is that the dinner table is a staple of a balanced society and by sharing the table with all cultures, we expand our ability to create peace through a keen understanding of our global neighbors.