I was seated in front of one of my favorite sushi chefs last week, happy to be in his orbit, and chatting about the world as we know it. One of the things we know is that both of us will be attending the Sushi Chef Dream Team event Thursday evening, May 5, where some of the city’s top sushi chefs — and their friends — will get together for a sushi-centric shindig to raise funds for Japan relief. He’ll be there working. I’ll be there as a ticket-buying supporter, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. (Join me? Tickets are still available here, but last day of purchase is tomorrow, May 3.)
Anyway, as is his modest wont, my sushi-chef pal told me he was pleased to participate, but felt uncomfortable calling himself part of a sushi chef “dream team.” Meaning no offense to his talented fellow participants, I’m certain, he told me Seattle’s sushi-master Shiro Kashiba (yes, he’ll be there) is the only team player to deserve such exalted status. Which got me wondering: If you were putting together your own personal local sushi-chef dream team, who would be on it?
Shiro Kashiba will be on hand Thursday evening at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, donating his time and his talent in support of his native Japan. [Seattle Times/Betty Udesen].