A Tokyo native, a New York transplant, Tomoko Imade Dyen started cooking at her grandparents’ hotel kitchen when she was 7. She loves food and information, so it was natural choice for her to work as a TV director. She has been covering food trends before it was a cool things to do. After producing 50 documentaries and won a couple of awards, and a brief year of raising money for films, she has returned to her true passion: food.

When she’s not pitching new ideas, consulting restaurants, cooking and eating… all things food, Tomoko currently holds a position of the culinary curator at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs public diplomacy project, which aims to nurture a deeper understanding and appreciation of Japan in the international community.  She’s aspiring to be a Japanese culinary ambassador.

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Carol Kwan has had an early in interest for culinary from reading cookbooks in the library, learning to cook in college and self taught techniques from cooking shows and food publications during college in San Francisco.  She studied communications and worked in PR in the corporate world until her first child brought her back to Los Angeles.  This gave her an opportunity to explore starting a food business with her brother, Phillip Kwan, restaurateur and created the Mama Musubi brand.  Together they started their concept at 626 Night Market and have grown to five farmers markets throughout LA and have a brick and mortar location at Kitchen United

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What tasting will you be serving? Why do you think this tasting paves the next wave of food trends?

We will be serving a roast pork and grilled rice ball. Street food doesn't have to be cheap and low quality. One of the best aspect of street food is that it's accessible to many and bringing food to the everyday people, the food that made with ingredients that we can proud and pass onto the next generation. That's the food trend we want to create.

What does the future of Asian food look like?

Quality food

What does celebrating 10 lucky years of LUCKYRICE mean to you?

It is an honor to be a part of monumental celebration and creating the new future together!


Catch the ever-popular Tomoko with Mama Musubi at our 10th year celebration LUCKYRICE Night Market of the Future on May 30h, 2019.