Hi I am Yoko Inoue, a master blender, macrobiotic and raw living food expert and enthusiast, chef and owner of Shoku Iku.
I started Shoku Iku through my passion of wanting to create a holistic haven.
I studied macrobiotic philosophy and culinary skills at the Japan’s famed Kushi institute. This allowed me to explore not only holistic nutrition but also raw and living foods and in turn Kampo medicine (Traditional Japanese Medicine) that I am currently studying.
I was born in a small town in Japan and immigrated to New Zealand at 15 and settled in Australia in my 20s. My life is no fairy tale but I am so grateful to every twist and turn as it has shaped me into the person I am today.
I grew up watching my grandfather who was a dietician in Japan. He always had the right approach to help others, ever ready with a kind word and smile. It was satisfying seeing him help people in every way he could.
After quite an illustrious career in the arts I wanted to explore something else, as I was not being challenged and fulfilled. Everything in my life brought me to this point in my life.
My first love in this journey was macrobiotic food, which opened avenues to tonic herbalism, and raw and living food. Macrobiotic food, herbs and raw and living food brought out the creative skills in my cooking.
The very idea of suspending the traditional notion of how food is prepared with certain ingredients and reimagining familiar taste profiles in an entire new way always excites and invigorates me. Cooking not only excites me but also frees up my intuition in every way.
I knew in my heart this is what I wanted to do help, educate and inform my community and take people on a journey to understand the wonders of macrobiotic food, choice herbs, tonics and supplements and how these can help bring them to a place of well being with heart, mind, body and soul.
Shoku Iku is a culmination of years of study, determination, trials and tribulations and we have just begun. I can’t wait to share all the wonderful and amazing things coming up.
Here’s to your health and well being