How long does it take to become a sushi chef in Japan?

Sushi chef & sake sommerlier Zoë Escher
In Japan, it takes several years to be trained as a Japanese sushi chef. There are several reasons why

In Japan, there is a slightly different approach to taking an education. In Japan, you are never really finish your education. This means that the better you become at your skills, the more difficult are the techniques used as well.
It is very normal that it takes 10, 20 or 30 years to master sushi techniques at restaurant level.

The quality of sushi in Japan is something completely different than in Europe.
In Japan, the level of Japanese sushi restaurants is very high. The higher the level in the Japanese restaurants, the longer it takes to become good at mastering the various cooking techniques.
It is very normal that it takes several years to learn how to cook sushi rice to perfection. The Japanese customers only want to eat sushi which is made with rice which is perfect in consistency.

In Japan, the sushi restaurant follows the season for fish. There are typically 10-15 different fish on the menu.
As a sushi chef, you need to know how to handle the different fish species and be able to turn them into delicate and tasty sushi pieces.

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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.

Which fish most often ends up on the dinner table in Denmark?


Salmon is the most sought after fish in Denmark. It is a tasty fatty fish that is rich in omega 3.
More and more countries in Scandinavia have for many years farmed salmon. It is relatively new that Iceland has started selling salmon off the island. It is a salmon that has grown up in an environment similar to nature, where wild salmon usually live. This means that the salmon has the same quality as wild salmon.

The Faroe Islands breed the world’s best salmon. It is a fish that is farmed in the sea. A salmon that is raised under the best possible conditions while the fish get special feed that is good for the fish. The Faroe Islands are known for their quality salmon, which now lands in Denmark every single day.

Norway also breeds several types of salmon in different qualities, which can also be bought in Denmark.

On the Sushi course for beginners, of course, the world’s best salmon is used, so that the participants learn how to make delicate and tasty sushi of high quality.

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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.

What are the characteristics of Japanese onigiri?

Onigiri - Japanese rice ball with filling

In Japan, onigiri is a regular part of Japanese cuisine.
It is a rice bun with filling and it is related to sushi. Onigiri consists of rice, seaweed and tasty filling. If you look at classic sushi, it also consists of rice, seaweed and tasty fillings.

Onigiri are very popular in Japan. It is a cold dish that keeps well too, even if they are not stored in a refrigerator.
Onigiri is a dish that is eaten all year round and at all hours of the day. They are readily available throughout Japan.
You can buy it from small shops with refrigerated counters to restaurants that specialize in making onigiri with delicate fillings.

In Japan, onigiri is most often made with fish, seafood and local ingredients prepared in different ways. It is an easy and quick way to get a delicious meal that contains all the vitamins, minerals and proteins the body needs.

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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.

How many different kinds of tuna do sushi restaurants have in Japan?


In Japan, sushi restaurants have several different kinds of tuna on the menu. In Japan, fish is the main source of protein and fish oil. During a week, the Japanese eat a lot of fish. They eat as much fish as meat is eaten in Europe.

Like so many others, the Japanese are happy to be able to choose from several different fish. One of the fish that stands out is the tuna. The meat on the tuna tastes very different depending on where it sits on the fish. Tuna from the stomach is called toro, it is fat light pink tuna and, is an exclusive eat.
Low-fat tuna which is bright red in color is called Akami, it sits at the spine. That piece is used for sashimi and nigiri pieces. That way, the meat pieces can be prepared and eaten in different ways.

The reason why sushi restaurants in Japan have several different pieces of tuna to choose from is that most of the tuna in the world lands at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, which is the largest in the world.

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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.

Why is soy sauce served for sushi?

There is a definite reason why soy sauce is served for sushi.

In Japan, soy sauce is considered a spice. It’s a way to taste the sushi pieces. It is used in much the same way as we use spices in Europe.

However, there is a difference.
It is not equally valid what type of soy sauce is used for sushi or other Japanese dishes.

Some dishes are delicious and mild like sushi while others are stronger have a stronger flavor such as hotpot.
It is important that you use a soy sauce that goes well with sushi, so that the sushi pieces do not suddenly become too salty to eat. It can ruin the dining experience.

At the Sushi Course for Beginners, you will learn how to use as Japanese sushi chefs in Tokyo use.

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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.

Can fish from the supermarket be used for sushi?

No, fish from the supermarket should not be used for sushi.
Sushi is a dish where the fish is eaten raw. It is very important that fish is as fresh as possible to prevent you from getting sick.

The problem with fish from a supermarket is that they have to meet a number of criteria before they can be used for sushi.

You do not know where in the world the fish have been caught.
You also do not know if the fish meets the criteria required for it to be used for sushi.
You also do not know when the fish was caught.
You also do not know how long the fish has been on its way to a supermarket.
You also do not know how long fish has been stored at a supermarket before it is filleted.
Fish from a supermarket is packed in such a way that it is only suitable to be prepared for a warm meal.

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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.

How is sushi rated in Japan?


Sushi in Japan is assessed in a different way than in Denmark and Europe.
In Japan, sushi chefs and customers have a slightly different view of sushi. Other criteria are used for whether sushi tastes good, is well cooked and the overall sushi experience.

What is most emphasized in Japan is the quality of the cooked rice. If the sushi rice is not cooked to perfection, the thumb is turned down. In Japan, no one wants to eat sushi where the rice has got too much and has the consistency of porridge. It affects the other ingredients in the making of sushi and, the finished sushi pieces. It will be a smattering experience.

Conversely, the rice can also be cooked in a way so that the rice is raw inside. It provides a hard core where the full benefit of the rice ‘taste and consistency is not present.

Sushi rice is not the easiest to cook, but when it succeeds it tastes so nice.

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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.

Do seaweed for sushi taste different?


Yes, there is a difference in the taste of seaweed for sushi.
There are 3 countries that produce seaweed for sushi and that is Japan, Korea and China. Within sushi seaweed, there are several different types it affects the taste, the structure of the sushi seaweed and the way the seaweed behaves when it is used for sushi.

I have tasted seaweed for sushi from Japan, Korea and China and it tastes different.

Some seaweed plates taste part of the sea, so it may seem surprising if you are not used to it.
Some seaweed plates are completely neutral in taste it has an advantage over sushi because it does not affect the taste of the sushi pieces.
Some seaweed can be a little rubbery in consistency when sushi rolls are made and when eating the pieces. It gives a different feeling when biting through the tongs.

Seaweed is very healthy, and you should finally eat loose of it when you have the opportunity.

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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.

Is there a big difference between sushi restaurants in Denmark and in Japan?

In sushi restaurants in Denmark, chefs uses other ingredients, fish, vegetables and techniques to make sushi. Sushi in Denmark tastes different than sushi in Japan. In Denmark, very often sushi rolls are eaten with different toppings ranging from fish to vegetables.

In Japan, traditional Japanese sushi is very simple. Chefs uses fewer ingredients, other ingredients and some completely different techniques to make sushi. In Japan,  Japanese sushi have a completely different taste. In Japan, other types of rolls are eaten with several different kinds of fish.

One is not necessarily better than the other. Sushi in Denmark is most often inspired by the Nordic countries, where Japanese sushi draws inspiration from the East and the Pacific.

At the Sushi course for beginners, you learn how to make sushi with the ingredients and ingredients that give the best taste. You get a plan on how to make delicious and tasty Japanese sushi.

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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.

Which fish is most in demand for sushi in Scandinavia?

Salmon

In Scandinavia, salmon is the most sought fish for sushi.
Salmon is a local fish that lives in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Finland. The quality of salmon in Scandinavia is very good.

The Faroe Islands are known for producing the world’s best salmon.
Faroese salmon are farmed in the sea, where they grow under the best possible conditions. The salmon also gets fantastic feed, which gives the tasty salmon steaks.

The other Nordic countries also produce very fine, high-quality salmon. In Scandinavia, salmon is produced in large quantities. Freshly caught salmon come to Denmark every single day.

For consumers, it is wonderfully easy to get hold of the fresh, tasty and delicious salmon at the many fish shops in Denmark.

In the Japanese sushi course for beginners, you will learn the salmon that are best suited for sushi-

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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.