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InterContinental Jakarta Welcomes Teppanyaki Master Hodaka

InterContinental Jakarta Welcomes Teppanyaki Master Hodaka

FoodieS Team
03 October 2022


Master Teppanyaki Chef Hidemaro Hodaka joins InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah as Japanese Chef for Shio.


Hailing from the highlands of the Nagano Prefecture, home of many celebrated culinary heirlooms of Japan, Chef Hidemaro Hodaka joins InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah as a Japanese Chef. Hodaka-san boasts over half a century of experience cooking in authentic Japanese kitchens. Hodaka-san came to Jakarta in the late 1970s after perfecting his cooking skills under the guidance of the old masters in his mountainous hometown in Nagano. The quiet-yet-affable chef is a master and faithful ambassador of the original art of teppanyaki.

Hodaka-san’s masterful skills at teppanyaki will be showcased at InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah’s signature Japanese restaurant, Shio. The master that he is, Hodaka-san, is more focused on staying faithful to the traditional teppanyaki cooking techniques that began to develop in rural Japan more than 200 years ago. 

“My teppanyaki style will have no performance. It’s the Japanese-style teppanyaki which focuses more on the authenticity of taste,” explained the seasoned chef. Hodaka-san began his restaurant apprenticeship in 1971 when he joined a popular restaurant. In 1974, he joined Itsuki Restaurant in Tokyo, where he first began his apprenticeship and learned more about the world of Teppanyaki. Hodaka-san came to Jakarta in 1979 and began a long and fruitful career at various Japanese restaurants focusing on his love for teppanyaki.

Hodaka-san is adamant that he will only let the freshest produce and ingredients touch his teppan grill. Hodaka-san and the Hotel’s culinary team will endeavor to give an outstanding teppanyaki experience to their guests. Hodaka-san’s repertoire of signature teppanyaki dishes includes a bespoke teppanyaki omakase, a multi-course meal featuring the freshest ingredients of the day. The omakase will be accompanied by Chef Hodaka’s special homemade teppanyaki sauce, carefully formulated by the chef. Hodaka-san is also a master of another Nagano prefecture culinary specialty, soba. Hodaka-san presents Zaru Soba with Mushroom Tempura and Gyu Niku Soba made with Australian beef, which is not to be missed when visiting Shio Restaurant.

One of the most well-known facets of Japanese cuisine, teppanyaki, has a colorful history. The teppanyaki that most of the world is familiar with is the Westernised version popularised by Misono, opened in Kobe in 1945 and believed to be the first Japanese restaurant that introduced the idea of cooking Western-influenced food on a large teppan flat grill in front of guests at the restaurants where the chefs perform skilled maneuvers while preparing the food. This was the teppanyaki style that became popular with foreigners in Japan at the time.

InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah

Jalan Metro Pondok Indah Kav. IV 1 16, RT.1, Pd. Pinang, Kec. Kby. Lama, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12310

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