(TOKYO) -- The Japanese sushi industry is launching a global certification program later this month, a move aimed at educating foreign sushi chefs about proper preparation of raw fish as it grows in popularity abroad.
Industry group All-Japan Sushi Federation will host one-day seminars that teach everything from proper cutting techniques to hygiene.
The first course is scheduled in Singapore on Jan. 26th and 27th, and chefs that pass the written exam will be given a certificate appointing them as "sushi advisers." The certification costs roughly $420.
"Every country has different ingredients so we can't say what is good sushi for them or what isn't," said Masayoshi Kazato, a veteran chef who came up with the test. "We just want to make sure foreign chefs understand the basics of sushi making: how to cut, clean and prepare raw fish properly."
Ten sushi chefs will conduct the seminars.
In addition to Singapore, seminars have already been scheduled in London, Los Angeles and San Francisco this year.
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