Friday was my first day as a sushi chef, and my final.
Japanese celeb chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, the brains behind the worldwide Nobu restaurant empire together with co-owner and Hollywood legend Robert De Niro, hosted a sushi masterclass for 10 journalists at Crown Perth.
The spirited 73-year-old warned me that if I spilled any rice on the ground of his restaurant, he would “throw a knife at me.”
By the tip of the illuminating masterclass, my sushi-preparation station resembled the steps of a marriage chapel: rice was in all places.
Whereas my Korean-born assistant Uno clearly wished he had a “skip” card, I need to say my crispy nori roll was restaurant high quality. It is a disgrace the restaurant was a truck cease in Nullarbor.
Matsuhisa’s masterclass was a part of his first go to to Australia in 5 years for occasions at Nobu outposts in Melbourne, Sydney and right here in Crown Perth.
He was to host sold-out occasions on Friday night time and Saturday with Nobu Perth’s chef de delicacies, Pingping Poh.
The sushi famous person, who had a memorable cameo as “playing whale” KK Ichikawa reverse De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s basic 1995 movie On line casino, has greater than 50 Nobu eating places around the globe.
The Los Angeles restaurateur, who spent 10 months a yr checking on his “children” earlier than the pandemic, has had an unimaginable profession marked by luck at each ends of the spectrum.
His first restaurant in Anchorage, Alaska, was uninsured when it burned to the bottom simply two weeks after opening in 1980.
“I virtually tried to kill myself,” Matsuhisa stated on Friday.
His profession flip to Peruvian-influenced Japanese meals solely occurred after a dinner at Matsuei-sushi, the Tokyo restaurant the place Matsuhisa educated as a sushi grasp, inspired him to open his personal restaurant in Lima.
“That is my entire life expertise, you already know,” he stated, wanting round Nobu Perth.
“I like optimistic pondering. I inform the youthful technology. . . you should strive, even when you make a mistake, be taught from the error.”
Matsuhisa, who opened the primary Nobu restaurant in New York Metropolis in 1994, stated De Niro was a very good companion and good friend, who eats “something” moreover oysters.
“I by no means take into consideration retirement,” he stated. “Age is only a quantity: age is bodily and mentally how sturdy I’m.
“I prefer to work arduous and see all my household around the globe.”
The grasp chef stated he loved utilizing it with WA seafood, significantly scallops, lobster, and abalone.
Returning to sensei mode, he stated that an important substances for making sushi have been recent fish and steamed short-grain white rice.
Crispy nori seaweed is superior to the soggy stuff that wraps most pre-made sushi rolls.
And, if you are going to dip your nigiri sushi in soy sauce, do it fish aspect down.
“An important key to creating good sushi is the guts,” the legendary chef stated, beating his chest, earlier than including “and a pointy knife.”
A sh-sh-sharp kn-kn-knife? Drink!