Taking The Mystery Out Of Umami

Taking The Mystery Out Of UmamiDiscover the power of umami- the hidden “fifth flavor”- at the JRO Umami Pavilion at this year’s International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York from March 2-4, 2014. JRO is proud to announce that UNESCO added traditional Japanese cuisine or “Washoku” onto its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. JRO has continued to support Japanese restaurants over seas and convey to the world the appeal of Japanese food and culture.

2014 is the 8th consecutive year that JRO (the Organization to Promote Japanese Restaurants Abroad) is hosting the Umami Pavilion. They will introduce eight new sections this year: Japanese Rice, Sake, Wagu, Umami, Ramen, Soba, Japanese Green Tea and sweets; all essential Japanese ingredients.The JRO Umami Pavilion has a mission to enlighten the industry about umami, the essence of Japanese cuisine that is becoming well known by chefs as an ingredient to develop flavor.

Generally understood as a savory flavor, umami has been recognized in Japan for thousands of years but is a relatively new concept in the States. It is the flavor that characterizes Japanese and other Asian cuisine. Umami has had increasing influence in current taste preferences because of the growing interest in umami-packed ingredients, such as miso, soy sauce, and konbu.

Taking The Mystery Out Of UmamiJRO Umami Pavilion will host cooking demonstrations for three days to show “Wagu”, “Ramen”, how to make the best rice, and how to enhance the umami flavor in dishes. There will also be discussions on Japanese condiments and the science of the flavor.

Another event at the Fourth Annual JRO Umami Pavilion will be the Umami Recipe Contest, on Monday, March 3, where three finalists who submit a recipe using umami Japanese ingredients are invited to an on-stage showdown judged by George Mendes, Chef/Owner of Aldea, and other culinary professionals. The final three contestants will be announced in February 2014. The winner will receive a special tour of the culinary world in Japan including round-trip flight, valued at $20,000.

An opportunity to gain an advantage with exclusive insight into one of Japan’s culinary secrets, JRO Umami Japan Pavilion: UMAMI is an experience that you do not want to miss! Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JROJapan or learn more at japanpavilion.us/en/.

About the NY Restaurant Show
The 21st Annual International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York will bring together thousands of foodservice, restaurant and hospitality professionals from New York State, and will feature more than 500 leading vendors, accompanying the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum education sessions and buzz building special events. This is the only event in New York exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry, sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA) and produced by Urban Expositions. The show will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, Sunday, March 2, 2014 through Tuesday, March 4. To learn more, visit www.internationalrestaurantny.com.