The UK’s number one sushi star, Xia Jia Tian, competes in Tokyo against the World’s finest chefs in the inaugural Global Sushi Challenge Final

The UK’s number one sushi star, Xia Jia Tian, competes in Tokyo against the World’s finest chefs in the inaugural Global Sushi Challenge Final

The Global Sushi Challenge is the brainchild of the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) and the World Sushi Skills Institute (WSSI). 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 in September. Nine of the UK’s finest sushi chefs 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. After much deliberation between the WSSI, NSC and local judge and journalist Michael Booth, Xia Jia Tian was crowned the UK’s Top Sushi Chef.

 

Earlier this week,  Xia Jia Tian from Kouzu in London journeyed to Tokyo to compete against the other 13 country champions at the grand final on 25th November. Finalists competed over two rounds in the same format as the national competitions: an “Edomae Sushi Round” to evaluate basic skills for making sushi, and an “Original Sushi Round” to evaluate creativity. After a long day in the kitchen demonstrating their skills to the WSSI and NSC, the country champions took to the stage for the results; Chef Jun Jibiki of Komazushi, Japan, was crowed the first ever world champion of the Global Sushi Challenge, closely followed by Chef King Meng Tan, Singapore and then Chef Takatoshi Toshi, U.S.A.

 

Chef Xia Jia Tian said: “The Global Sushi Challenge has been a great experience, meeting so many people from so many sushi restaurants. I am so lucky to be here in Tokyo working with everybody. I have learnt a great deal about the Japanese culture sushi skills that are not widely utilised and understood in the UK and look forward to using them on my return.”

Watch a short film from the Global Sushi Challenge Final in Tokyo, Japan here;

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