Grand prize: a trip to Japan!

Attention US-based chefs and culinary professionals: To celebrate Kikkoman’s 50th year of brewing soy sauce in the US, we invite you to enter the INSPIRED BY KIKKOMAN Chef Competition. Showcase your culinary creativity in a menu item that displays the versatility of traditionally brewed Kikkoman® Soy Sauce and you could win the prize of a lifetime: a trip to Japan!

One grand prize winner will be chosen to win a trip to Japan, and two runners up will each be awarded $3,000 USD.

Ramen and Spot Prawn Crudo

Kikkoman® Soy Sauce is traditionally brewed and aged for full flavor from water, soybeans, wheat, and salt. Months of slow fermentation give Kikkoman® Soy Sauce its complex, mellow flavor, aroma, and umami that complement and enhance all kinds of foods—Asian and beyond—in a way that non-brewed soy sauces can’t. Show us how America’s #1 Soy Sauce* inspires your creativity!


  1. Registration: Register to compete using the form below by August 27, 2023.
  2. Dish creation and submission. Competitors who are selected to participate will be notified by September 1, 2023 and will then have until September 24, 2023 to create an original dish and post it on their public Instagram account, tagging @chefsroll and @kikkomanfs and using #InspiredByKikkomanCompetition. Post should include the following:
    • At least one high-resolution photo of the dish
    • Recipe name and description of the dish
  3. Judging and Winner Announcement. Judges will review entries and announce the winners on October 1st, 2023 – National Soy Sauce Day!

Looking for a little inspiration? Visit /foodservice for recipes, ideas, and videos. And watch Chef Mikel Anthony work his culinary magic with Kikkoman® Soy Sauce in our Test Kitchen in the video below.


Terms and conditions apply. The full contest rules can be found here.

Li’s Grilled Octopus with Cannellini Fabada and Yuzu-Piquillo Coulis


One Grand Prize Winner will be selected for an all expenses paid trip to Japan.

  • Trip includes roundtrip airfare and accommodations for the winner plus one guest.
  • Winner will be provided a suggested itinerary from Kikkoman, complete with restaurants, museums, bars and breweries, and other cultural experiences.

Additionally, two Runner Up Prize Winners will be chosen to receive $3,000.00 cash. (Payable as check)

Why Kikkoman® Soy Sauce for Foodservice?

All soy sauces are not created equal. Kikkoman® Soy Sauce is traditionally brewed and aged for full flavor from water, soybeans, wheat and salt. Kikkoman® Soy Sauce has a complex, mellow flavor that complements and enhances all kinds of foods, not just Asian, in a way that non-brewed soy sauces can’t. That makes Kikkoman one of the most versatile flavoring ingredients you can buy. Give America’s #1 Soy Sauce* a try in your operation and unlock the seasoning secret to umami-packed flavor.

Rice Noodle Udon Congee with Mustard Chili Crisp

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*Based on U.S. sales data during the 52-week period ending 7/22/23 

Images courtesy Chef’s Roll, Kikkoman, and Pexels.