Entries in sushi (2)


Japan to Launch Global Sushi Certification Program

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(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.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


A Real Fish Story: Bluefin Tuna Is Auctioned for Record $396,000

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(TOKYO) -- For a pair of restaurant owners, it was the fish that did not get away, but they had to pay a record $396,000 to land it.

The record price was paid for a 754-pound bluefin tuna -- roughly $526 a pound -- that will be served up as sushi to customers in Tokyo and Hong Kong.

"I was so nervous before the auction began," said Hong Kong restaurant owner Ricky Cheng. "I'm just so relieved I got the fish."

High-end Japanese sushi restaurant Kyubey split the cost. Owner Yosuke Imada admitted "he went a little over budget."

The giant tuna was caught off the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido and was one of 538 shipped in from around the world for the first auction of the year at Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, where tuna are known to fetch high prices.

Tuna traditionally sell for higher prices at the first auction of the year known as the "celebratory market." But the fish sold Wednesday broke a 10 year record. A 445-pound bluefin sold for roughly $225,000 in 2001.

Market officials celebrated the new record at a time when Japanese wholesalers face growing calls for tighter fishing rules, as global stock for bluefin tuna declines rapidly. The Japanese consume 80 percent of the world's Pacific and Atlantic bluefin.

The fish are the most popular among sushi connoisseurs, and sushi made from the premium fatty bluefin can cost about $24 a piece at some Japanese restaurants.

In November, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas voted to cut the bluefin fishing quota in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean from 13,500 to 12,900 metric tons annually -- about a four percent reduction. It also agreed on measures to try to improve enforcement of quotas on bluefin.

The decision was strongly criticized by environmental groups, which hoped to see bluefin fishing slashed or suspended.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio