FOUNDER, 5 INCORPORATED LTD.
Izumi grew up in Amakusa, a beautiful chain of five islands located in the south of Japan. The islands of Amakusa are blessed with an abundance of delicious and natural ingredients, and Izumi was raised to eat a diet rich in wholesome, flavoursome foods, and to treasure the simple joy of cooking and eating together.
Today, Izumi – or Izi as she likes to be known – draws upon this upbringing in her work as an outstanding sushi chef, dietary consultant, and qualified sake sommelier. Her background as a trained and experienced pharmacist also enables her to create dishes and menus that are as nutritionally balanced as they are delicious. The net result of Izi’s unique experience and passion for Japanese cuisine is wonderfully enjoyable, healthful dishes that are perfect for shared food experiences. To date, she has delivered many memorable events with her bespoke style of catering.
Izi has also found success as a culinary instructor, noted for her friendly approach and down-to-earth style. She regularly gives creative demonstrations and lessons to groups within London and across the home counties.
PHILOSOPHY OF 5
Our philosophy is driven by the following three Japanese sayings.
Ichigo-Ichie: “One opportunity, one encounter”. This means that we should treasure every encounter, for it will never recur.
Ishoku-Dougen: “Medicine and food have the same origin”. This means that eating healthily can help to prevent and cure disease.
Yuu-Ki-En-Raku: “Have fun, enjoy, be happy and relax”. This means that we should spend time with friends, having fun and being joyful.