There can’t be many better ways to hone the craft of fine sushi–making than by serving an apprenticeship under Jiro Ono, the revered chef of Jiro Dreams of Sushi fame.
That’s exactly what chef Daisuke Nakazawa did – for 11 years.
Nakazawa now co-owns Sushi Nakazawa in Manhattan’s West Village, which has been awarded four stars by The New York Times.
Watching him in action in the video from Vice Munchies below we see the kind of attention to detail such prestigious training instils in you and like Jiro’s three star Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo, the absence of choice for the customer is a signature at Sushi Nakazawa.
Nakazawa says he dreams of becoming the best sushi chef in America and even had “I will be the number one chef in America” written on his door whilst living in Seattle, before coming to New York.
Despite the high–end food he produces however, Nakazawa now has a penchant for cheeseburgers and New York City pizza.
Interestingly, we discover that Nakazawa and his business partner Alessandro Borgognone met after the latter had watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi, in which the former features, and decided to approach him via Facebook about opening a restaurant. And the rest is history.
Watch the revealing interview below.