The sushi chef’s responsibilities include preparing traditional Japanese sushi rice, chopping, slicing, and filleting various kinds of fish, and placing orders for supplies as needed. You should also be able to customize customers’ orders according to preferences and food allergy considerations.
To be successful as a sushi chef, you should ensure that all ingredients used in dishes are of the highest quality. Ultimately, an exceptional sushi chef should work well under pressure and maintain restaurant standards during busy periods.
Chef de Cuisine, Head Sushi Chef
- Expertly cutting, slicing, and filleting different types of fish.
- Inspecting the quality of fruits, vegetables, and fish used to prepare sushi dishes and informing the Chef de Cuisine and / or Head Sushi Chef when quality is sub-standard.
- Preparing all types of sushi, including maki, nigiri and sashimi
- Preparing various types of sushi dishes according to established guidelines on quality, portion size, presentation, and food safety.
- Maintaining a clean work environment in order to prevent food contamination, proper hygiene principles in all cooking areas and clean your space at the end of.
- Regularly taking inventory of food supplies, monitor food stock and place orders, as needed
- Reporting any problems with kitchen equipment to the manager on duty.
- Sterilizing all utensils, instruments, and equipment used in sushi preparation before every use.
- Communicating with wait staff to ensure that special requests and food allergy considerations are met.
- Control and register food waste (spoilage), and over preparation of food according to the kitchen operational standards.
Sushi Chef Requirements:
- High school diploma or GED.
- Minimum 2 years working as a Sushi Line Cook
- Associates degree in culinary arts certification or equivalent experience is preferred.
- Proven experience working in upscale sushi restaurants.
- Valid food handler's license.
- Sound knowledge of food safety regulations.
- The ability to work under pressure.
- The ability to stand for long periods of time.
- Excellent time-management skills.
- Exceptional customer service skills.