Is silicone mats equally suited for sushi as bamboo mats?

Zoë EscherI meet more and more attendance who shows up at one of my sushi courses with a bamboo mat made of silicone.
Silicone mat is not suitable for sushi even if it costs 150 DKK. It does not have the flexibility like bamboo mat which is necessary if you want to make perfect sushi rolls.

The surface of the silicone mat is not suitable for making sushi. It is too smooth which can make all the materials slip very easily and for the inexperienced that can be a challenge.
The bamboo mats which sushi chef’s use is not available in supermarkets or specialty stores. The can be hard to get.

If you are interested in a bamboo mat used by Japanese sushi chefs please contact me at

Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.