Top Chefs Compete To Determine The Nation’s Sushimaster

Top Chefs Compete To Determine The Nation¹S Sushimaster

Winning chefs from coast to coast prepare for the ultimate culinary challenge  Winning chefs from regional competitions held in major U.S. cities will square off in the 2009 SushiMasters Finals East/West Challenge on Sunday, September 20, 2009 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, the community where sushi in America got its start.  

In addition to a live, 45-minute professionally judged sushi making competition, those attending the finals competition can also enjoy the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) Food and Sake Festival, including cultural entertainment, a reception-style sample of cuisine from Southern California¹s best Japanese and Asian restaurants, as well as sake tasting.   The JACCC is presenting the SushiMasters competition in partnership with the California Rice Commission (CRC). The JACCC is the largest Asian American cultural center in the U.S. and the CRC is a non-profit organization that represents the growers and handlers who farm and process premium quality rice used in sushi and many other dishes.  A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit JACCC cultural programs.  

The impressive list of chefs vying for the title as America¹s top sushi chef include winners of the three SushiMasters Regional Competitions held earlier this year, including Randy Noprapa of Tara Thai Restaurant in Washington, D.C., Toshi Furihata of Moshi Moshi Restaurant in Miami Beach, Florida and Hyun Min Suh of Sushi Ran in Sausalito. A fourth competitor will be the 2008 SushiMasters State Finals Champion, Tomoharu Nakamura of Sanraku Four Seasons, San Francisco.  

Tickets start at $60 general admission and can be purchased at the box office, or through A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit JACCC cultural programs.

SushiMasters is made possible through generous sponsorships, including Japanese Restaurant News, Gekkeikan Sake and JFC International Incorporated. Expansion of the competition to Florida and Washington, D.C. was chiefly possible through title sponsorship by Kirin Brewery.

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