Sushi is one of the most popular food coming from Japan. It is basically a rice roll topped with a slice of raw fish. There are many variations to the sushi. While the standard one is having a raw slice of fish on top, different seafoods can also be used. Just like salmon roe, sea urchin, shrimp and many more. Plus sushi topped with egg is also something that in. There are also sushi rolls where the rice is rolled up and the fish and other ingredients are stuffed inside and then slice. Perhaps sushi isn’t for everyone but it is safe even if you are eating raw fish. Sushi chefs take their time honing their craft. Even the best sushi chefs take over years to get better.
This leads us to one of the most interesting documentaries in line with sushi and being a great sushi chef. The documentary we are talking about is Jiro Dreams of Sushi which was released back in 2011. This was a nice little documentary made by David Gelb and released for limited theatrical runs in 2012 in the US but available for home video and online streaming. The documentary did around $2.5 million during its run and that doesn’t include video sales. We’re not going to dive too deep in what goes on with the documentary but we’ll just spout up the important details to it.
The documentary stars Jiro Ono a sushi chef expert. He is considered to be the best and Japan has hailed him to be a national treasure when it comes to the field. Jiro is around 91 years old by today and he still runs his 3 Michelin Star restaurant the Sukiyabashi Jiro. The interesting thing about his restaurant is that it only has 10 seats and it is located in a Tokyo Subway. Despite the small size of the place, the food there is top quality and of course people flock to it. In the documentary we also see Jiro’s two sons.
His oldest son is still working with Jiro in their restaurant while the youngest son opened his own restaurant. There is a bit of a joke where Jiro states that he will continue to master sushi until the day he dies. He even tells his oldest son to continue on his path of perfecting sushi otherwise Jiro will haunt him. If you do have around 80 minutes to spare then this is a nice little documentary to watch. Even if you don’t like sushi, you can learn a lot and that people passionate about their job can go a long way.