Kimiko Barber was born in Kobe, Japan and arrived in UK in 1972. After over ten years in investment banking in both London and Tokyo, a chance visit to Books for Cooks, a Mecca for foodies in Notting Hill, inspired her to change her career and focus on cooking and entertaining. She teaches Japanese and Asian fusion cooking in various cookery schools. Her first book Sushi Taste and Technique won the bronze award in Best Food Book category in Jacob's Creek World Food Media Awards. She is an enthusiastic organic kitchen gardener. The Japanese Kitchen was published in 2004 to great acclaim, winning The IACP Award for Design.