What is the name of the current restaurant you work at and how long have you worked there?
Japanese Café Bar Restaurant Necco in Exmouth Market London and I have been working there since July 2015.
Give a brief overview of your career.
Started my food related career as a Sushi Instructor in Sydney Australia in 2005, shifted from a Japanese language teacher for over a decade. Moved to London in 2010 after experienced to conduct the Sushi Master Class for 200 attendees at the BBC Good Food and Wine Show at Olympia in 2009. Set up and operated a new Japanese restaurant and a Sake bar in the last 10 years. My new mission is to promote Japanese sake and regional food products in the UK.
Where did you learn your skills/culinary education?
My granddad and uncle were chefs, one of my cousins is a pastry chef and my parents used to own a sake shop… I naturally grown up with food and drinks always. I have got an opportunity to work as an assistant at one of the most popular Italian cooking schools in Sydney, which changed my life… how precious to teach and share cooking with many people! Since then I went through traineeship under 50 years experienced Sushi master to gain traditional sushi skill in Sydney and Tokyo then began teaching sushi making technique at a sushi school.
What do you enjoy most about being a chef?
Keep thinking 24/7 about what I could create something new to make more customers happy. This never ends until the day I die.
Which of your dishes are you most proud of?
Decorative sushi rolls, they are edible art!
How do you come up with new dishes?
Chatting with friends about food.
Who was your greatest influence?
My sushi master Mr. Shimizu, who has not only passed me his sushi skills, but a life with sushi.
What is your favourite cookbook?
My sushi master’s sushi textbook.