Cinnamon Roll Cake Fuels Okamoto Kitchen Obsession
You can hear about someone’s culinary expertise for eons but you can’t really understand until you taste her food. Such was the case with my foodie friend Chizuru Abraham and her husband Gerald, owners of the soon-to-be-rolling-out @OkamotoKitchen Japanese Comfort Food Truck.
I can’t say that Chizuru and Gerald are foodies because the term is too trite. This is a couple who glows when talking about the deep dish pizza at Masa of Echo Park and laments about far too sugary desserts which put them into a food coma. It’s no surprise why.
Chizuru is a first generation Japanese who spent her childhood in Japan cooking. When Chizuru moved to Los Angeles with Gerald, she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and proceeded to work in the Nobu kitchen and serve as a pastry chef at Matsuhisa.
Meanwhile, Gerald has been passionate about Japanese culture since he was yay high playing Japanese video games. He lived in Japan for years where he met Chizuru and became a Japanese cuisine connoisseur.
Based on a recent blowout dinner at Terrine, we booked a double date at the Beverly Blvd. hot spot with Chizuru bringing a cake for dessert. Upon arrival, she presented the as-yet-to-be-revealed cake, wrapped in gorgeous purple and lavender cloth, billed as “Cinnamon Roll Cake” that she had “made up”.
At the end of our Big Night, we asked a runner if he could take the cake back to be cut into slices. Within minutes, a manager came out looking incredulous and asking if she could present the whole cake first. Faster than you can pop a Pop-Tart, she set the cake on the table, presented on a gold backdrop.
Both the cake’s beauty and Terrine’s gracious hospitality were stunning. And the cake? The definition of DeathbedFood: so good, you could die happy at the first bite. Cinnamon lady fingers? ✔ Cinnamon cream? ✔ Butterscotch mousse? ✔ Dripping caramel? ✔✔✔
Chizuru says that she makes custom cakes for friends, family and anyone who asks. She takes notes on what people love and then whips something up. Since my birthday’s coming up soon in six months, I’m planting seeds now: custard, butterscotch, cinnamon, chocolate, salted caramel are just a few of my favorite things, Chizuru!
Based on Chizuru’s cake and the couple’s deep background with Japanese food, I can’t wait to see what they’ll dish out at their coming-soon Okamoto Kitchen food truck. To get dibs on their debut, follow them @OkamotoKitchen.