JCAN is the Japanese Culinary Arts Network. The group was formed in 2012 to benefit everyone interested in Japanese Culinary Technique, Cuisine and cooking tools. Operating as a member based organization JCAN will expand the knowledge and availability of Japanese Culinary products and information throughout the United States. As a network of specialty retailer JCAN will serve its membership through training and recipe information that will help member stores sell Japanese products.
JCAN will also serve as a source of information for Japanese manufacturers and distributors to reach out and conduct market research as well as events in the emerging US specialty food market.
After visiting Japan twice in 2010 and 2011, Harry Rosenblum (The Brooklyn Kitchen) was speaking with Ikuyo Yanigasawa (Kikuichi Knife Co) about the relative lack of information about traditional Japanese cuisine and technique in the US as well as the limited availability of traditional and modern ingredients and housewares. As Ikuyo was already in the importing business the discussion quickly moved to how we might work together to bring more products to the growing gourmet and specialty markets in the US. What we developed is JCAN. A networking group of dedicated Manufacturers, Distributors, Retailers and Culinary professionals working together to promote and expand knowledge about the incredible products and technique from Japan.