Learning sushi from the Zushi master
In years gone by only Japanese men had the right to become sushi chefs, but that’s all changing thanks to the team at Zushi!
Y. J. Lee, head chef at this popular sushi and sashimi restaurant shares a wealth of experience with beginners like us keen to learn the basics of this intricate culinary art form in a 2-hour course which he runs monthly.
Lee has over 25 years of serious industry experience, from the Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo to some well-known restaurants in Melbourne and then eight years at Yoshino in Sydney before joining Zushi in 2005. He’ll show you how to craft works of culinary art to indulge not only the palate but equally the eyes. He talks you through all the different fillings and toppings and how they’re best put together within the finest of hand-shaped rice, seaweed and tofu structures.
Classes are limited to just 8 people, so you’re assured a great attentive atmosphere and plenty of personal tuition. Running from 9:30 to 11:30 on Saturday mornings the class culminates with all the budding chefs consuming their shared handiwork, while the beaming Zushi staff add some delectable miso soup to the table with a glass of wine for good measure.
Zushi supplies all the equipment and of course the freshest of ingredients. They’ll even fit you out with your own rolling mat to take home, along with a helpful instruction booklet.
And pay attention to this: owners Ray Ang and Anthony Moss are opening Zushi 2 in August and the word on the street is they’ll be looking for another trained sushi chef. Form an orderly queue behind me, please.
When: Zushi School’s next class is on Saturday 10th July
Where: 239 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
Get me in: Classes are $90 per person. Bookings can be made by phone on 9357 3533 or email at email@example.com