Mutsuko Soma

Mutsuko Soma


About Mutsuko Soma

Chef Mutsuko Soma was born and raised in Tochigi, Japan. She came to the Pacific Northwest to study the culinary arts at the Art Institute of Seattle. After spending years refining her skills at restaurants like the Harvest Vine, Chez Shea, and Saito’s, Chef Soma moved back to Japan to learn the art of making traditional soba noodles in the hopes of finding something unique to bring back to the Northwest. While studying soba making, Chef Soma discovered that much of the buckwheat used in Japan were sourced directly from Washington, one of the largest buckwheat producing states in the United States. This fact reaffirmed her decision to introduce soba to the Pacific Northwest, an area that has greatly influenced her throughout her cooking career. Along with being a chef and artisan soba maker, Soma is also a certified sake sommelier certification from the Japan Sommelier Association, WSET (level 3).

My Venues


  • Chef of the Year 2017
    Eater Seattle
  • Best Chef Northwest Semifinalist
    James Beard Foundation

Behind the Scenes

Albacore taste so good!!! I
"Albacore taste so good!!! I pouched quickly(yubiki) then marinated in dashi soy served with yuzu miso vin and zucchini yakibitashi( grilled and marinated in dashi) so refreshing."
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I wish you can smell this!!
"I wish you can smell this!! Making umami chili oil for duck tan tan. #kamonegiseattle"
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Carb load for busy Saturday
"Carb load for busy Saturday family meal yakisoba pan. Classic Japanese student lunch or snack. Yakisoba stuffed with hot dog bun and squid ink kewpie and fried potato and nori on top #eater"
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How I forgot yesterday was
"How I forgot yesterday was international woman's day. This woman introduced soba to me. She grow buckwheat, milled, cooked in wood fire stove top. Super bad ass. She passed away the day my daughter was born. Her spirit and soba will pass along for sure. #おばあちゃん"
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I need cool name for this soba
"I need cool name for this soba dish. Basically shrimp tempura, avocado, tempura flakes, shiso, nori, wasabi, purple daikon, Kai ware sprout. #sobanoodles"
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At My Venues