Ayaka Yamamoto

Ayaka Yamamoto

The Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande

A native of Tokyo, Japan, Ayaka Yamamoto decided to go to a sweet route because her father is an executive chef in Tokyo and she had a dream that to be a pastry chef.

She graduating from pastry school 2008 in Tokyo. Straight out of school she landed a position at 1 star Michelin, Chez Matsuo French restaurant where she worked every station—from plated dessert, wedding cake, basic of pastry and chocolate artistic work.

After two years Ayaka joined the team at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel where she acted as a pastry lead cook for three years. She worked under 4 world pastry champions including executive Chef Goto, especially she learnt highly skills of sugar work, boutique pastries and baking pastries.

Her next move to took her to the Ritz Carlton Orlanod Grande Lakes in Florida, There she creates pastries with a clean modern aesthetic, incorporating specialty Japanese products to share her culture with a wider American audience.

Posted in 2014 Competitors, Chocolatier of the Year.