Friday, August 21, 2009

Sushi Masters Competition 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009, 2:30-6:00 pm
Aratani/Japan America Theatre
244 South San Pedro St. (Little Tokyo), Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) is pleased to present the SushiMasters competition in partnership with the California Rice Commission (CRC). JACCC is the largest Asian American cultural center in the U.S. and 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.

Finals competitors 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 2008 SushiMasters State Finals Champion, Tomoharu Nakamura of Sanraku Four Seasons, San Francisco.

Attendees of the Finals Competition will not only be treated to a live, 45 minute professionally judged sushi making competition, there also will be the JACCC Food and Sake Festival, including cultural entertainment, a reception-style sample of cuisine from Southern California’s best Japanese and Asian restaurants, as well as sake tasting.

  • America's finest sushi chefs compete to become the 2009 SushiMaster in an “Iron-Chef” style competition featuring celebrity judges and emcees

  • JACCC Food & Sake Festival showcasing cuisine from local restaurants, caterers, food purveyors, as well as a selection of premium sakes

  • Live cultural entertainment and much more


Advance Sales
- $125 VIP / $60 general admission
JACC Members
- $100 VIP /$52 general admission
At the Door
- $130 VIP / $65 general admission

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Exile Kiss said...

Hi Abby,

Interesting. Thanks for the info... very strange that no Sushi Chef from L.A. made it to the finals of this competition (or maybe they didn't want to join?). Let me know if you end up going. :)

Kat said...

Wow! I am excited just thinking about this! Hmmm, it is the weekend of Lobster Festival... maybe I can make this work O=) Thanks for the information!

pleasurepalate said...

EK: I'm surprised too that an LA chef didn't make it, especially considering the proliferation we have here in town.

Kat: Hope you can make it and maybe, we'll even hang out?