Christopher Pellegrini


Christopher Pellegrini, known by his colleagues at Japan Eats ( as the “Shochu Whisperer,” is a leading expert on all things shochu and awamori ( Based in Tokyo, Japan, he gives shochu lectures and provides menu consulting for izakaya and Japanese restaurants worldwide. He is an officially licensed and registered Shochu Sommelier with the SSI (Sake Service Institute) and FBO (Food & Beverage Specialists Organization).

Pellegrini is also the English translator for the survival-Japanese textbook, “Konnichiwa, Nihongo!” and the regular host of “Ishokudōgen,” a show that seeks to introduce Japanese culinary culture abroad. He holds an MA in language education from UCL’s Institute of Education and loves his family and friends in Vermont dearly.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! It was called "Adventures of a Bear," and I wrote it during my first year of elementary school. At least I think it was the first full story I ever wrote. I was more into drawing before that, so most of my stories were more visual before first grade. The bear story was visual, too, but there was definitely a narrative there. Anyway, I think the reason why I still remember that story is that my teacher, Mrs. T, entered it in a short story competition without my knowledge. It ended up getting an honorable mention or something, and I remember being completely gobsmacked that anyone would want to read something that I had written in school.
Describe your desk
It's pretty out of control. By that I mean messy, of course. I actually have a standing desk, so there's not a whole lot of horizontal real estate to put things on. But whatever space I find gradually gets covered with a patina of notes, gadgets, receipts, business cards, concert and baseball game tickets, and pens.
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Where to find Christopher Pellegrini online


The Shochu Handbook - An Introduction to Japan's Indigenous Distilled Drink
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 41,620. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Japanese
The Shochu Handbook is the foremost reference on Japan’s popular spirits, shochu and awamori. Written by licensed sommelier and longtime Japan resident, Christopher Pellegrini, the book will bring you up to speed on shochu and awamori’s history, production methods, labeling practices, food pairing, mixing, and more. It’s essential for the Japanese food fan and beverage professional alike.

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alcohol    awamori    japan    liquor    premium    shochu    spirits