MIPAF Official Olive Oil Taster, Olive Oil Journalist
Miciyo Yamada was born in Kyoto, Japan. At the age of 18, she transferred to Paris for study. After graduating from the Sorbonne, she moved to Italy and started to work as a journalist. In the year 2008, she launched a magazine on Italian art, culture, food and fashion, and became the editorial director. Now she writes for several Japanese magazines such as Elle Japon and Elle Deco, and also for some books in Italy.
She is the first (and, so far, only) Japanese who passed the Italian Olive Oil Taster examination organized by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies. She is a panel member of AIPO (Associazione Interregionale Produttori Olivicoli) and the Laboratory of DISTAL (Departimento Scienze e Technologia Agro Alimentari) in Italy, NYIOOC (New York International Olive Oil Competition) and of JOOP (Japan Olive Oil Prize) organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Japan.