Your Sushi School has started offering training courses in how to make sushi for aspiring sushi chefs and employees already within the restaurant sector. Classes are lead by instructors who have more than 25 years experience in the industry and are limited to six people at a time. Training courses are held once a month in London, but can also be arranged to take place in a location of an operator's choice if needed and are offered in five languages - English, Chinese, French, Portuguese and Japanese. During the two-day course, chefs will learn a range of skills, from preparing rice to filleting fish and cutting vegetables to make a range of sushi, from Nigiri to Tezu and Temaki. Individuals who complete the courses are given a certificate.
Your Sushi, founded by Emmanuel Letellier, had offered sushi courses to home cooks for several years before Letellier realised there was a gap in the market for a professional training course. "A couple of years ago we heard that immigration laws were being tightened up which would mean there would be a demand for well trained and qualified sushi chefs in the UK, so six months ago we decided to launch our professional courses," he said. "We try and not only teach the skills needed, but also the passion, which is important."
Courses happen on a monthly basis in London. For more details about dates or enquiries visit www.sushi-school.com
A two-day training programme costs £1,000. For more details on prices visit www.sushi-school.com
Why you should do the course:
The Sushi Market has been growing by 22 per cent each year since 2008 with sales of sushi up 21 per cent year on year and the current UK sushi market is calculated to be worth £38.9 million per annum. However, with employers unable to take on staff from outside the EU unless paid more than £28,000 per year, it can be hard to find the skilled staff to work in established sushi outlets or for those looking to start-up.
"Until now, there haven’t been any sushi training schools in the UK," said Letellier. "We now have chefs from all over Europe coming to our training programmes in London and we also travel the UK and Europe offering consultancy and training for restaurants, hotels and catering companies. It has been an amazing start and the future is looking great."