What Is It Like to Be an Apprentice at a Sushi Bar?

Sushi Chef by Jim O’Connell

My first sushi restaurant was in Hollywood, on the famous Sunset Strip, across from the legendary Club, Roxbury, and next to a strip club. I was in my early thirties when I started my sushi career. In Japan, that would be considered late.

I met one sushi chef, Jin-san, who started his career at the age of fifteen in Japan. He lived in the owner’s house above the restaurant. I…