Mayumi Hijikata is head chef of Marukin’s first ever location in the United States. Chef Hijikata joins the Marukin family most recently from Aporte, a high-end French and Italian catering company in Kanagawa, Japan, where she served as Head Chef since 2007.

Chef Hijikata’s original gastronomic focus wasn’t in Japanese cuisine. Upon graduating from the Confectionery College at the L'École Culinaire in Kintachi, Japan in 1995, she accepted an apprenticeship as a pâtissier apprentice at La Petite Chaise in Tokyo, Japan, where she mastered the art of French cuisine working under a chef who trained in France. In 2001, her focus shifted to a different European region and she spent the next six years working as Head Chef of Trattoria Al Bacco, a popular restaurant in Tokyo, Japan serving Northern Italian cuisine.

Never having been to the US – this will be an extraordinary adventure for Chef Mayumi!