The Sushi Chef: Oona Tempest and Toshio Oguma



Tanoshi Sushi NYC was born from a variety of happy accidents. King Ang, the owner, happened to come across an empty space on the Upper East Side that had no kitchen—which led him to make it a sushi bar. Toshio Oguma, the head sushi chef, was finishing up work in California when his wife found a Craigslist ad for an experienced sushi chef. Now, three years later, Tanoshi is creating some of most delicious sushi in New York City (and offering the most affordable omakase).

Toshio Oguma believes the most important part of making sushi is maintaining one’s ‘magokoro’ (true heart), which is clear in each piece of sushi he presents to his guests. This philosophy also extends to his teaching. Oguma-san will teach anybody with one condition: they have passion.Through the work of his most recent apprentice—Oona Tempest, who works behind the sushi bar—one can see that this is definitely the case. With a background in Japanese art, Oona is just one more example of a series of fortunate and random events that has led to the success of Tanoshi.

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The Sushi Chef: Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau



Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau are the masterminds behind NYC’s Shuko, a restaurant that plays with the traditional understanding and boundaries of what constitutes Japanese dining. From the hip-hop that fills the sushi bar to the apple pie that caps the meal, Nick and Jimmy are finding a balance between their traditional training with Chef Masayoshi Takayama (of the sushi empire Masa) and their diverse backgrounds. Nick grew up in Los Angeles in a Korean family who had roots in Japan, while Jimmy was born in China where he always helped his mother cook at home. While Nick and Jimmy’s personalities and roles at the restaurant vary—what Nick refers to as the “good cop, bad cop” approach—the two find a balance that complements each other’s strengths. As the two chefs experiment with new flavors and styles of cooking, the seasonality of the ingredients always remains at the forefront of their approach.

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How to Eat Sushi: You’ve Been Doing it Wrong



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Coming to you straight from the sushi chef’s mouth, MUNCHIES presents the dos and don’ts of eating sushi, as taught by Tokyo’s Naomichi Yasuda. Be warned: You’ve been doing it wrong.

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