I am a Wisconsinite of fractionally Norwegian descent currently living in London after spending two years in Japan. That’s where I am a viking began, as an exploration of Japanese local food cultures and customs. The title referred to the Japanese loan word vaikingu – which roughly translates as “all-you-can-eat” – and also to my ancestry and to my exploratory approach to food, drink, and life in general.

Upon taking a job as a Danish beer salesman, I repurposed the site to focus on Danish craft beer and traditional food. While I remain interested in Danish brewing and cooking, it soon became apparent that such a narrow focus failed to capture the attention of both my readers and myself. So, after a year-long hiatus, I am a viking returned to its anarchic original form: an ongoing exposition on exploratory expatriation, a free association of art, culture, beer, wine, cheese, travel, sausages, history, and the cuisines of Japan, Denmark, Great Britain, the United States, and beyond.

My interest in food and drink led me to win BBC1’s MasterChef in 2011. I am now working as a professional freelance chef, and I am available to hire for cooking, recipe development, presenting, and consulting. I am also the proprietor and head chef of the intermittent pop-up restaurant Nanban, and my first cookbook, Nanban: Japanese Soul Food is out in spring 2015.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you fancy it. And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and like me on Facebook!


24 thoughts on “About

  1. Angeline Gragasin says:

    Here is an alphabetized list of other warrior cultures, which you may or may not have already seen, courtesy of wikipedia:

    Dog soldier
    Eagle warrior
    Jaguar warrior
    Odin Brotherhood
    Persian Immortals
    Sacred Band of Carthage

  2. Gerry O'Donnell says:

    Hello Sarah (?)

    I wonder if you would be kind enough to sample my pies and offer your opinion of them to your readers. Please check my website and choose for yourself which pies interest you, then let me know and I will happily send you them, one of each if you wish.

    My shop is in Kyoto and I am trying to find customers in Kyushu; browsing Fukuoka Now is how I found your blog.

    For your information, the pies are made, frozen and sent by Sagawakyubin all over Japan, arriving usually within two days of ordering.

    There must be lots of Brits, Aussies and Kiwis in Kyushu who are craving for a meat pie. My American-style Apple & Cinnamon pie, however, is the best seller by far. Everybody and their dog likes the Apple & Cinnamon.

    Gerry O’Donnell

  3. Jeff says:

    Oh man, I was looking for a ripping guitar solo. So much for the utility of google. But I do like your picture of that pint of beer at that English pub. Yum.

  4. Jon says:

    Nice blogging, and great Burma pics bring back some memories! After my very cursory inspection of your pages, I couldn’t quite figure out exactly where you are based but I think you might like the fine real ales (4 of which are very real, I mean rare – think Adnams, here in Japan) being served in The Three Kings, in Daimyo, Fukuoka. Happy hour is 6-8pm I think, and the price is ¥600 compared to the usual ¥800. Mondays off.

    Just in case you hadn’t heard!! Yum, Yum, and Happy New Year to you all, I’m going there now!

    P.S. I’m just a fan of their beers, nothing more! Ale Shangri-La in Fukuoka!

  5. Daniel Abondolo says:

    Props, Man, — you competed in the toughest field I’ve ever seen, but you really rocked throughout. Seriously playful, playfully serious. Inventive, multicultural, careful, daring.

  6. Debbie says:

    Hi Tim

    I’m contacting you from a bespoke events company in London called Beyond. We deal with a diverse group of clients and we were recently brainstorming some event ideas for one of our clients. Your name came up and we’d like to know whether you’d be interested in ‘hosting’ a private dinner at a venue in the City. Could you send me the contact details of your PR agency who I could contact to discuss the event in more detail and get more information? Thanks so much in advance.

  7. Nik Saffrin says:

    Here at Face Group we are holding an event on the 7TH November 2011 in Central London, it is for an fmcg organisation with around 50-100 delegates, the event concept is the Evolution of Men. On day one the themes is ‘The Rise of Real Ale’ – as we know you are an Ale enthusiast and an inspirational figure your name came up. We’d love to get in touch with your public relations team if someone could pass on the details to discuss further.

    All the Best

  8. Timothy Sauer says:

    This may seem a bit random but I hope I have found the right person. Are you the same person who listed a zine poetry book titled: Everything You Do by John K Samson? If so do you still have it? My fiancee who is a huge fan of John K Samson saw this listing but soon gave up the hope of finding it after realizing it was such an old listing. This would make the perfect gift for her and I was hoping that if you still had it I would be able to buy it from you.

    The listing:

    If I have somehow contacted the wrong person I apologize.


    Timothy Sauer

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