Thank you and best regards

元文。

As you may have heard, I will leave Cookpad and go forward to the next challenge at another company from next year.

Since I started to work here as a new grad in April 2018 (and even since 2017 as a student intern), through a series of challenges and failures, I’ve learned a lot, which I can’t fully explain.

First of all, thank to everyone from the bottom of my heart.

I want to say three things.

Firstly, this is the decision that I made after vast amount of consideration.

I remember how I felt on the first day when I entered the company.

I decided to come to Cookpad, thinking that I want to make this decision right, not take the right decision, but make the decision right.

The life is not easy. I lost the confidence and lost myself several times.

But the setback gave me the courage to see the reality and change myself, made me realise that I want to challenge myself more.

At the same time, I came to see what I want to achieve in my life and for that it might not be the best here, thus decided to take the chance in which I can see the world more and train myself from scratch on the track of my goal.

When I spoke this, feeling sorry that I haven’t left much at this company, my colleagues told me that I shouldn’t lose my confidence, I have something like a diamond gemstone, so I should polish it. So will I.

Secondly, I love cookpad and appreciate for all experiences that I had and people that help and encourage me while I’m here.

Through these two years, cooking has become my biggest passion and this shapes my entire life for sure, which was totally unexpected before I started to work at Cookpad.

I clearly remember, when I went to Kenya for business trip, one of the CMs told me ‘Cookpad never makes you bad, Cookpad shapes you in a good way’.

Now I understand what this means and totally believe so.

Though I love the company and believe in Cookpad that much, the child fish which has been in a warm pond wants to challenge herself in the new environment and eat a lot of planktons in the new world.

Thirdly, I am very excited about the new challenge from next year.

The next step will be challenging and I won’t be able to cook pasta everyday for lunch as I do today. However, this is my decision, so I will do my best to achieve the goal.

Last but not least, I want to say thank you to all from the bottom of my heart.

We are big Cookpad family, so come and see me when you come to Japan.

Thank you and big CIAO!

Aoi

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