Sushi cooking demonstrations are in great demand

Sushi School Class 2010 March-April

In the current class of March – April 2010, nine students from the Los Angeles area, Northern California, Massachusetts and France are enrolled in Sushi Chef Institute. Center in the second row is Andy Matsuda. (Cultural News Photo)

Cultural News, 2010 April Issue

Andy Matsuda’s Sushi School / Cutting board talk

By Chef Andy Matsuda

Our sushi chef training class starts at 8:00 a.m. and wraps up at 1:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. In the current class of March – April 2010 (photo), we have nine students from the Los Angeles area, Northern California, Massachusetts and France. Despite busy weekday schedules, I often go to sushi demonstrations on weekends upon request.

On the April 17 and 18 weekend, Sushi Chef Institute will have a sushi booth at the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival at Barnes Park, located at 350 South McPherrin Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754.

On Saturday, April 24 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Thousand Cranes restaurant at the Kyoto Grand Hotel, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, I will teach a cooking class sponsored by the Sushi & Sake Cooking Club. For those who are interested in this class, please call (213) 680-0011.

On Saturday, May 15, I will explain sushi making to kids at the Children’s Day hands-on program sponsored by the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles. For participation, call (213) 628-2725.

Recently I have often been asked to showcase sushi cooking at public libraries.  I already have made presentations at the Montebello library and Claremont library. I will be at the Hacienda Heights Public Library, located at 16010 La Monde Street, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745, (626) 968-9356, on Saturday, May 8 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm; and at the San Dimas Public Library at 145 North Walnut Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773, (909) 599-6738, on Saturday, May 22 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. These library programs are free of charge, and participants will even be able to sample sushi.

Andy Matsuda is the founder and the chief instructor of Sushi Chef Institute in Los Angeles. For more information about SCI, visit