Kaori Becker

Originally from the Bay Area, Kaori Becker is an avid blogger and cooking instructor, having taught culinary classes and demonstrations in Columbus, Ohio, at the Franklin Park Conservatory and The Seasoned Farmhouse. “Ka-o-ri” means “fragrance” in Japanese, and Becker has always been passionate about re-creating delicious, fragrant dishes from her Japanese tradition, enjoying local farm-to-table eating, and sharing sumptuous food memories with friends and family. Becker, whose specialty originates in Japanese food, grew up as a half-Japanese woman in California and learned how to cook traditional Japanese meals and desserts from her mother, who is frst-generation full Japanese. These authentic Japanese recipes have been passed down to Becker through her Japanese grandparents, who owned an authentic ramen noodle shop in the countryside of Fukushima, Japan. Becker also learned how to make regional versions of authentic ramen from a Japanese noodle shop owner. She currently runs her own culinary education business and lives in the Bay Area with her husband, animator Alan Becker.

Photo credit: Shino Takahashi