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Famous Sushi Chef - Jiro Ono

Updated on June 25, 2013

Jiro Ono

Jiro Ono's Sushi


Famous and Well Respected Sushi Chef

Jiro Ono is one if not the most famous well respected sushi chef; operating just a stones throw from the Tokyo subway. Jiro is 86yrs. old working a long full day starting from sunrise to way past sunset perfecting the craft in preparing the perfect sushi. Even though his restaurant only seats 10 and has no bathroom; there is people who make reservations a year in advance all in the hope of experiencing Jiro Ono's sushi. His restaurant (Sukiyabashi Jiro) has won the 3-Star Michelin review; he is also in the Guinness book of records for being the oldest chef to receive this award. Japan has declared this amazing man a national treasure.

Dreaming of Sushi

His life is so intertwined with sushi he even dreams of sushi; he has even dreamt of new ways of preparing his beloved sushi. There is a great documentary based on Jiro Ono's life in being a sushi chef of perfection. The film is directed by David Gelb called "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" it gives you a great window into this incredible man's life behind and beyond the sushi bar. David Gelb had decided to do a documentary on sushi with the help of renowned food critic Masuhiro Yamanmoto who took David to various sushi restaurants around Tokyo. Well when they finally ended up at Jiro Ono's sushi bar David Gelb knew this was the man who his documentary would be based around. He was amazed to see that Jiro's eldest son was working along at his side helping his father run his sushi bar.

Had to Leave Home at 9yrs. old

Jiro Ono came from a hard background he had to grow up fast as he didn't have a choice when at 9yrs old he was forced to leave the family home and go out into the world. He began to work in a sushi shop as an apprentice and is still working with sushi 76 years later. Even at his advanced age he would never take days off only for national holidays and funerals. When he was 70 he had a heart attack he quit smoking and began to hand over more of his duties to his eldest son Yoshikazu. His son now handles going to the fish market to choose the fish that will be used to make their sushi. This is a vital part of the process of creating the perfect sushi. You must pick the best fish to make the perfect sushi. Allowing his son to take over this part of the process shows the trust and faith he has in his son in choosing the right fish.

Might have to Wait a year to be served by Jiro Ono

Now if you would like to experience the ultimate sushi prepared by Jiro Ono I suggest you start saving now. It will probably take a year before you can get a seating at his sushi bar; you will have 20 sushi selections to choose from which will cost you about $368 dollars which is about 30,000 yen. My niece Madeline is leaving this Friday going to Japan on a student exchange; unfortunately her student budget doesn't cover sushi at Sukiyabashi Jiro. But she may get lucky and capture a glimpse of the Van Gogh of sushi creating his next masterpiece!

Jiro Ono dedicated his life to making the Perfect Sushi

If you enjoy a good documentary film I suggest you see "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" directed by David Gelb. You won't be disappointed as you follow the incredible Jiro Ono who has dedicated his life to finding out how to prepare the perfect sushi. He basically mentions that he himself is still learning the intricate procedures of creating the ultimately perfect sushi. So I guess the saying "you are never too old to learn" definitely has some truth to it!

Dedicated to my niece (Madeline) Sayonara Madz!

Like to give thanks to Youtube for video


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    • Pamela-anne profile image

      Pamela-anne 4 years ago from Miller Lake

      I just want to thank everyone for their support and kind words!

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I have watched the documentary about Jiro. I respect him so much. That kind of integrity is becoming more and more rare.

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing about a great chef.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Wow, what beautiful sushi. We are sushi lovers in my house my son likes to make his own. I will definitely watch the documentary with him, thanks to your article and suggestion.

      voted up!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      You are never too old to learn is most certainly very fitting here.

      What a wonderful tribute to a great man; I had never heard of him prior to reading this hub.

      Thank you for sharing.


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      Anne 5 years ago

      Good write up Pam and all the best to Madeline in Japan