Melinda Joe

Melinda Joe

Melinda Joe is a food journalist based in Tokyo, Japan. She writes the Kanpai Culture column for The Japan Times, and her work has appeared in publications such as Condé Nast Traveler, Nikkei Asia, Eating Well, Newsweek, CNN, Departures and WSJ Asia among others. A certified sake and wine specialist, she has been a panel chair for the sake division at London’s International Wine Challenge since 2015.

Latest from Melinda Joe

Tokyo Olympics spectator ban hits restaurants already battling Covid-19 curbs, but there’s an upside – no visitors means more seats for locals

Michelin-star restaurants were a big draw for overseas visitors to Japan before the Covid-19 pandemic. With visitors banned, restaurants have pivoted to welcoming local diners.

Michelin-star restaurants were a big draw for overseas visitors to Japan before the Covid-19 pandemic. With visitors banned, restaurants have pivoted to welcoming local diners.

23 Jul 2021 - 5:57AM
Who are Asia’s most talented and stylish chefs?

A creative new generation of top chefs in the region are whetting the appetites of foodies with their innovative styles and edgy approaches

A creative new generation of top chefs in the region are whetting the appetites of foodies with their innovative styles and edgy approaches

29 Jun 2018 - 1:23PM
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10 Mar 2017 - 5:38PM
Today’s food creators are blithely blurring the lines between culinary and visual masterpieces

Today’s food creators are blithely blurring the lines between culinary and visual masterpieces, writes Melinda Joe.

Today’s food creators are blithely blurring the lines between culinary and visual masterpieces, writes Melinda Joe.

22 Mar 2017 - 2:41PM
Chefs on Faroe Islands, between Iceland and Norway come up with tempting recipes using traditional ingredients

Faroe Islands are emerging as a destination for gourmands seeking new and exotic flavours, writes Melinda Joe.

Faroe Islands are emerging as a destination for gourmands seeking new and exotic flavours, writes Melinda Joe.

1 Aug 2017 - 1:09PM
Chefs are offering diners a multisensory experience

Some chefs are offering diners multisensory experiences that appeal to more than just the taste buds, writes Melinda Joe.

Some chefs are offering diners multisensory experiences that appeal to more than just the taste buds, writes Melinda Joe.

10 Mar 2017 - 5:58PM