HRN Hall of Fame: Saori Kawano


Nominated by: Japan Eats

Saori Kawano is the founder and president of Korin Japanese Trading Corp. She moved to New York in 1978 to pursue her lifelong dream of bringing Japanese knives and tableware into American restaurants and homes. The knives are a must item for American chefs nowadays, and Saori is the crucial figure behind their popularity. She received the James Beard Foundation Angel Award in 2005. A year later, she created the Gohan Society, a non-profit, fostering US-Japan culinary and culture exchange.

Appearances on HRN:

Food Talk With Mike Colameco: Victoria James, Saori Kawano & Don Gabor, And Michael Madrigale
Japan Eats!: Art Of Japanese Knives

Faith Ebert @miss_faith_anne • Apr 11, 2019
@noacktually heard a professional radio announcer on #heritageradio while playing radio bingo!