New Year’s resolution: Becoming a bridge-builder between Japan and U.S.

Cultural News, 2010 January Issue

Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School / Cutting board talk

By Chef Andy Matsuda

Chef Andy Matsuda Sushi Chef Institute

Chef Andy Matsuda (Couetesy of Sushi Chef Institute)

These days everybody goes online. So do I. After three years of planning, I am finally going to open an “Online Private Lesson” class.  Through this class, anybody can learn to make sushi anyplace in the world.

My teaching experience of Japanese cuisine in the U.S. for over 10 years has brought me to the position between Japanese and Americans in terms of cultural literacy. My mission must be a bridge-builder between the two cultures by teaching Japanese cuisine in English to non-Japanese speakers.

I look forward to accepting more offers of teaching sushi outside of our sushi school in the coming year. On Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2:00 p.m., I will perform at a sushi demonstration at the Asian Pacific Resource Center in the Montebello Regional Library, 1550 West Beverly Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640, (323) 722-6511,

I would like to inspire the community with interest in Japanese cuisine and culture.

Andy Matsuda is the founder and the chief instructor of Sushi Chef Institute in Los Angeles.