Fumi Nagasaki-Pracel was born in Fukuoka, Japan.

Her interest in cooking began when she was kindergarten age; by the time she was in 6th grade her ambition was to become a pastry chef!

She began honing her skills by helping her mother cook dinners while she was in college. Out in the "real world", she worked for Kirin, the Japanese beer company for eight years. During that time she completed a variety of cooking classes programs, becoming proficient in contemporary Japanese, Chinese and western cooking - making her the ideal choice for an East meets West culinary experience.

After coming to the USA she got an A.A.S. degree from Hotel and  Restaurant Management Program at TC3 in Dryden, NY.

Currently Fumi is working at Trillium at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.