UK Sushi Chef, Xia Jia Tian Set for Global Sushi Stardom!
After an intensive sushi training course with the World’s Sushi Skills Institute, Kouzu’s chef, Xia Jia Tian went for gold in the UK heat of the Global Sushi Challenge, earning his place to represent the UK in the international final.
The Global Sushi Challenge is the brainchild of the Norwegian Seafood Council and the World Sushi Skills Institute. It is the result of the longstanding relationship for seafood and sushi between Norway and Japan. The competition aims to increase global knowledge and competence in the art of sushi making, whilst showcasing Norwegian salmon as the premium choice for sushi toppings and educating chefs on the principles for handling food to be served raw.
The UK heat took place at the godfather of Japanese cuisine, Nobu Old Park Lane. Nine of the UK’s finest sushi chefs, from prized restaurants such as Maze Grill Park Walk, Sake No Hana and Sushi Samba, were challenged to prepare two dishes featuring Norwegian salmon – one Edo Mae and one original, creative sushi – and were assessed on their technique in addition to their commercial appetite for producing exquisite dishes at sensible business margins. With an exception level of quality and many exquisite dishes created, the competition was tough and the panel of elite judges including Michael Booth, Hideki Maeda, Jack-Robert Møller, Hirotoshi Ogawa and Kazuo Mizuno had a tough time choosing the winner.
Xia Jia Tian, now crowned the UK’s Top Sushi Chef, and set to represent Britain in the Tokyo final on 25th November to win an exclusive 3-day Japanese sushi tour, was overwhelmed with his achievement; ‘It has been the most incredible experience, I am so honoured to have won this competition and am really looking forward to the final in Tokyo’.
Hirotoshi Ogawa had no doubt in Xia Jia Tian’s capabilities and praised him as a worthy winner ‘Today we have witnessed a high quality of competitors, however Xia Jian Tian stood out as an all rounded fantastic sushi chef that impressed all judges’.