What would the Japanese make of Britain’s ‘fake sushi’ scandal?

The author of a study about the wrong fish being used in our sushi blamed Brits’ fish ignorance. But even in the home of the delicacy, punters aren’t that picky about what’s on their nigiriA study published by Salford University reports that sushi lovers in Manchester and Liverpool don’t know what type of fish they are eating. Speaking to the Observer, a co-author of the study, Prof Stefano Mariani, blamed the hapless consumer for the “fake sushi” scandal.Part of the problem, Mariani suggested, is that British people “know little about fish”, and can identify just two out of six common varieties shown to them. Continue...

No cream cheese, chatting or gloves: inside the Global Sushi Challenge

The winner of this gruelling, 14-country competition to find the world’s best sushi chef must combine precision, creativity and speed – as well as high-end hospitality skills and very a thick skinThe man behind the counter moves as slowly as an ancient, majestic Galápagos tortoise. This is Jiro Ono, the greatest sushi chef in the world.It’s the last week of November, and I’m in Tokyo to be a judge at the final of the Global Sushi Challenge, a new competition to find the world’s best sushi chef, and have stopped by Jiro Sushi for lunch to get a benchmark. Jiro-san, who turned 90 last month, is a national treasure in Japan and is now famous worldwide, thanks to the 2013 documentary Jiro: Dreams of Sushi. Continue...