Testimonials

Voice of Students

Ever since this class started in June, my goal was to finish and complete the class with no absences, and I did it! I started with zero cooking skills, and I became more than I expected. One of my favorite lessons was cutting fish. I have seen many times, Sensei’s demos, but I always end up with mistakes. I’m still far from ok, but it was a very valuable lesson.
Also, I really enjoyed catering services. It was areal action and showed me what people do when catering events. As, I said I am still way far from ok based on Sensei’s standards. What I learned here is all I have right now, but I believe this knowledge will work for all restaurant jobs. So, as Andy sensei always says, “Practice and take a life” This is my golden word during class. Also, many thanks to Saburo sensei, Shinichi san and Amie. Without the above people my days supposed to be dark. Many thanks and regards.

- Takeshi Yao Torrance, CA

First, I had no experience in sushi ever. I developed new skills and knowledge at the Sushi Chef Institute about how to use knives and sharpen them, how to cut, peel, make small dishes, sushi rolls, nigiri, and how to decorate. Every week we had skill tests as well.

- Surachet Yong Boontha Los Angeles, CA

I have experience in sushi making, but I wanted to learn from a professional sushi chef, so I came here. You will learn all the fundamentals of sushi and Japanese cooking skills, something that people don’t teach you in the restaurant. For me, learning the proper way to make nigiri sushi was the most valuable experience. Also, things like sashimi presentation, handling special ingredients, such as: uni, ankimo, etc. was fun. These 2 months of learning educated me a lot, and hopefully I will become a better sushi man from this.

- M.J. Yoon Honolulu, HI

I was tired of paying for sushi. Plus, it’s beautiful and makes people happy. Since being here, my rice skills have greatly improved. I am going to make sushi for my family all the time especially fun rolls, nigiri and sashimi. I eat more healthy foods now, even out of class. I will never forget to put the kelp in the sushi-zu or any of the recipes I learned. I think the nigiri and roll techniques were the most valuable skills I developed. I liked all the lessons but the 8 step nigiri making I liked in particular. I’m pretty sure sushi will change my life once I experiment with it more. I know I’m not the easiest person to deal with, but I think we both made the effort and made it happen.

- Ganesh Boetsch San Francisco, CA

At the Sushi Chef Institute, I gained a lot of knowledge about Japanese cuisine. My favorite lesson learned was about fileting a lot of different kinds of fish. I will try my best to use my new skills from SCI in my dishes and throughout my chef career.

- Hing Lun Alan Yan Monterey Park, CA

Andy Sensei is a good instructor. He not only leads us into the sushi World, but also shows us Japanese culture, history, and gives us advice about our careers. Two months went by so fast here. We are so busy learning so many things every day. We do everything from scratch. I had no prior kitchen experience, but after 2 months I know so much about kitchen stuff! How to cook rice, how to prep cut and serve so many kinds of fish, how to make rolls, nigiri, etc…Sensei, I will keep learning and practicing. I hope to see you in the future.

- Yuki Zhou Nanchang, China

First of all, I would like to thank Sensei Andy Matsuda, for all the support, skills, talent, heart and for the Sushi Chef Institute. For giving us a place to learn and practice to become an excellent sushi chef. In only 2 months, I have learned a wide range of delicious Japanese cooking techniques, from proper sushi rice making, knife skills, nigiri, all kinds of rolls. I would have never imagined that I could be a sushi chef in such a short period of time. I am so proud of myself now. I promise I will learn more, and work harder in this field to further develop my new skills. Again, thank you Sensei Andy Matsuda!

- Tu John Vu El Monte, CA

I enjoyed every skill we learned from sushi to sashimi. Coming from a non-cooking background, this course has helped me on the fun beginner, to advanced levels. My favorite lesson was plating sushi and sashimi, it helps better understand the 3 elements of moritsuke: ten, chi, jin

- Romena Lim Christchurch, New Zealand

Perhaps the most memorable experience I can take away from this class is finding closeness with my peers and building relationships. We found inspiration from the class and from each other.
The classes are fun. Technical skills are the key to success. Our connection with each other is what makes everything worthwhile. Chef Andy is a World of wisdom and experience. His mentorship and guidance are invaluable.

- Jayson Gonzaga North Hills, CA

Coming to SCI was a life changing experience. No only learning about sushi and improving skills, I have learned so much more. Being with people from different cultures and learning to work with them as a team was a really fun experience.

- Hyojung Bradshaw Maricopa, AZ