Are you passionate about cooking, particularly preparing exotic dishes? A career as a sushi chef might just be for you.
Sushi is a combination of raw and cooked fish or meat, which is usually served with rice.
Although the dish originated in the East, it is enjoyed by many around the globe. Eating raw fish preserved in vinegar started in China. But the Japanese soon latched onto the delicacy and began serving it with rice and seaweed.
Philip Kuo has been a sushi chef for 10 years and he currently works at Fsh restaurant in Johannesburg, which specialises in sushi and seafood.
He said: "I loved sushi while I was very young and took an interest in it. I became very passionate about it and decided to become a sushi chef.
"Since there are no sushi schools, except in some Asian countries, such as Japan and China, I learnt on the job."
A sushi chef needs many skills. Chefs need to know how to handle a knife and coordinate their movements to prepare the sushi. They must be able to establish if the fish is fresh. When preparing the dish, chefs must know how to fillet the fish , cook the rice, and roll the sushi and the rice together.
Kuo explained: "It is important to be a team player, have good customer skills, be passionate about the job and know the art of food presentation.
He said it is also essential to be knowledgeable on how the kitchen and the restaurant operate and be able to take stock orders and do food costings.
The biggest event at which Kuo has served sushi was at the Century City Mall in Cape Town. Kuo catered for 7000 people and it took one and a half days to prepare for this function.
To upgrade his skills, keep updated on new the latest trends and stay ahead of the rest, Kuo makes regular visits to the famous sushi bars in Taiwan and Japan.