The town of Linares (pop. 70,000), in the landlocked north-eastern state of Nuevo León, is a two-hour drive south from Monterrey.
Despite my frenetic schedule (I was in the process of opening my latest restaurant, Windup Bird Cafe) I went to Linares because one of my favourite poets, Colin Carberry, who lives there with his wife- the translator and educator, Veronica Flores- invited me. The event was the inaugural Congress of Language and Literature, sponsored by Universidad Technologica Linares, an innovative and socially-engaged university with a former politician and scholar at the helm, Ángel Alberto Alameda Pedraza- a leader with genuine purpose. Other invited writers included Jack Harte, the brilliant Irish short story writer and arts organizer; Claudio Gaudio, author of the acclaimed novel, Texas; Halli Villegas, poet and publisher of one of the inspired presses in Canada, Tightrope Books; the award-winning Puerto Rican photographer and poet, Luis Cotto-Vasallo; and, of course, the Poet-Laureate of Linares, Carlotta Medina Gutierrez.
I arrived on an overcast day. My hotel room at the Hotel Hacienda Real de Linares, one of only three hotels in the town, overlooked a desolate main street. From my window, one could imagine a scene out of Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana: a hint of something perilous and unexpected.
The writers were soon ushered from our hotel to the town’s civic centre, where an auditorium full of students, teachers, the Mayor of Linares, and other dignitaries awaited us. It was an extraordinary embrace and, like the others, I was profoundly humbled by the experience. It became clear that the people of Linares brought with them as much anticipation as they did hospitality.
Following the elaborate ceremonies, which included the singing of the national anthem and a modern mariachi band performing Mexican classics, I wandered the streets of Linares- something that was not recommended as part of our itinerary. People came out to greet me on the sidewalks- possibly to assist that rare sighting: an Asian tourist who may be lost- and I was moved by their kindness and quiet dignity. And even though the streets emptied as the sky grew darker, there was decorum, order, and a semblance of normality in the neighbourhoods.
On the second day, I was brought to a high school just within the borders of the town, an industrial area, to read from a short story- in English and Spanish translation. The student population came from poor families, mostly factory workers and farmers. They had more pressing affairs in their lives than to listen to some writer from a first-world country read. I understood this.
At the end of the reading, the Principal of the school asked me to speak to the students about living “the life of the pen and the mind”, both of which rang false to me because, quite frankly, I spent most of my waking days in Canada engaging in the tedious tasks around running restaurants. Besides, it was a posture that I was neither intellectually-equipped nor actorly enough to speak from with any conviction. I scanned the room and saw in the many faces staring blankly back at me the reflection of my own as an adolescent. Had I been born and raised in Mexico, perhaps in this very town, I could have been any one of these students and not the ones from the “other side of the tracks”. I began to speak as instructed, fleshing out the illusion of some wise man seated in a leather winged chair, pen in hand, and pondering the nature of the cosmos. Then I stopped in mid-sentence. The room grew still as I decided to go off script. I talked about about growing up in a government-subsidized housing complex, poor and hungry much of the time, and about the necessity to steal food because there was so little in the house; but that the food I stole was dictated by the commercials I saw on television and therefore invariably not healthy nor nutritious. I explained that I didn’t understand the “why” of my situation at the time, that none of my schooling included classes on food literacy- anything that would shed some light on the conditions in which I (and many others) lived; that the link between poverty and food insecurity (the lack of access to healthy, sufficient food) and- in my case- theft, was never exposed because it was in the best interest of multinational food and beverage conglomerates like Con-Agra, Monsanto, Kraft, and Pepsico to keep us all in the dark. (One girl in the back row started crying. Later, I found out that as I was telling my story, she was, at that very moment, thinking of what food she would be stealing on her way home from school. Her younger brother would be hungry when she got home.) Finally, I “instructed” the students that if they had to steal- and I knew many of them did with much shame- that they should set their eyes on fresh goods (fruits and vegetables being optimal) and to avoid the stuff they saw on billboards and television commercials. I also told them that on the way home with their stolen goods to stop by a book store and steal a book. After all, isn’t nourishing the mind equal to nourishing the body?
Always bitter-sweet this kind of “guidance”.
But I had hit a nerve. The room was abuzz with conspiratorial whispers. My reading was quickly forgotten and I was soon flocked by students who felt a much deeper connection with me and my being there. So did I . And although I felt morally ambivalent about telling these kids to steal (it smells like rotten self-justification), I knew that, in the end, commanding them not to do so, or skirting the issue, given their circumstances, was equally immoral. Hence the importance of food literacy programming in schools- from pre-school to post-secondary. Knowledge in and of itself lacks utility and does not create less thieves in society, but it does allow those who have it to organize better, to corral the troops and give them more effective ammunition to deal with the forces trying to keep them in the dark. This has always been so.
I left that school and those students feeling, if not vindicated, then that at the very least my story was not a mere exercise in narcissism (which it often can be). Here is a truth: our most powerful stories- the ones that can positively affect people- are those that are often shrouded in deep personal shame. I learned in Linares, with a group of young people who, like me during my youth, live in relative poverty, that by sharing such such stories, we can help alleviate that burden of shame others carry by giving it a name and narrative.
Food Literacy: Equal to Math, Science and Languages? Um, yes!
Photo courtesy: Nicholas Jones
The theme of this year’s talks was: “Discover”. The speakers were each asked to fill in the blank after the theme word and give their talk around those combination of words. I filled in my own with “Yourself” and in the months leading up to the big day I meditated on the meaning of that for me.
Photo courtesy: Nicholas Jones
My talk was much more personal than I had originally intended. In fact, during my first rehearsal at Stone Soup Innovation Lab, I veered away from the most uncomfortable bits of my past, speaking stiffly in generalities about food literacy, but the great intuitive speaking coach, Kate Hodgson, founder of IKommunications, gently guided me back to the path. She had convinced me that the best way to get my message across was to speak from the bowels of my experience: and this has always been about growing up ass poor and hungry in one of the poorest urban neighbourhoods of our country: the Jane & Finch housing projects. So, when the time came to give my talk (and in precisely seventeen minutes) I told the story of how I came to discover my self and my defining passions, through poverty and hunger.
They came to listen.
Photo courtesy: Nicholas Jones
I probed into some painful moments, spoke about the raw emotion I felt during those months when the social assistance cheque that my single mother of three children qualified for never materialized in the mail. The truth was that sometimes when things got really bad, I would wander over to the Jane and Finch mall with my friends to steal. They stole the latest Adidas sneakers and I stole food for me and my family.
And it was not nutritious food I stole, unless, like so many other children around the world, you were led to believe what the creators of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Chef Boyardee’s Beefaroni or Dinty Moore Chicken Pot Pies would have you believe through their commercials: that if you didn’t consume these products all the time, your happiness (not to speak of your health) would spiral irretrievably into some heaving bottomless pit.
My family felt the pinch during the holiday seasons, especially around Christmas. From where we sat, in a drafty and (unintended) minimalist concrete tenement living room, and skewed through the rose-tinted lenses of our television set, Christmas was a time of bounty and excess for other people: of golden brown Franken-turkeys and mountains of perfectly-wrapped gifts under a well-lit tree, as an over-extended family of impossibly good-looking white folk lingered about in their wool turtlenecks, ready to burst into rounds of The Little Drummer Boy. No such Christmases for us. SPAM pizza if we were lucky, and we were not always so lucky.
All I Want For Christmas…
There was the one Christmas when I was sixteen years old. My mother had taken my younger sister and brother to a Bible retreat north of Toronto. For reasons I can no longer recall, I found myself alone at home that Christmas eve. It may have been a fight I had had with my mother, a common rite of passage at the time, but I cannot be certain. As per usual, not a creature was stirring and not a crumb in the house, so I put on my coat and ventured out to the local convenience store. The shop owner and I eyed each other warily (although he must have been a bit confused as to why I was looking at him as though he was the thief. I have, over the years, routinely laughed to myself as I imagined him interrogating himself at the end of the night for stealing something from his own shop, like some crazed character out of Kafka, unrelenting until he got to the bottom of a crime he did not commit). I hung around the back part of the shop, where the drink fridge and ice cream freezers were located. When he was distracted by a couple who came to purchase cigarettes, I slipped a Swanson’s frozen turkey dinner under my coat, fitting snugly (if a bit icily) between my arm and ribs. I went home and put my Christmas turkey into the microwave. It was no It’s A Wonderful Life, but I must have felt some stirring of the holiday spirit.
The self-probing that led me to my TED talk affected me more than I thought it would. I came to have a multifaceted understanding about the nature of food literacy; this by living through it, I realized, and not gleaned from some book. I had developed, surprisingly, a nuanced approach to my relationship with food and came to the following conclusions: food literacy is not merely about how to balance a healthy diet by following Canada’s Food Guide. Or about describing the difference between broccoli and pizza. At its core, it’s also about understanding how industrialization and commercial greed undermines and exploits our visceral connection to earth’s bounty. Why many genetically modified products are created and subsidized to be more affordable than what is grown and raised naturally. It’s also about food insecurity and injustice and why people are made to suffer needlessly when they could so easily be given the tools to understand the conditions around what they are told to eat.
People are starving to death in developing countries because they have no access to all our “waste”, this I am told repeatedly and with too much well-intentioned, but misguided passion. There is nothing I can do about it. Except this: arm myself with better tools of understanding my situation and pass what I have learned onto others. Then repeat. The tragic issues around food shortage in some exotic place (read: the Other’s problem), thousands of miles away, cannot ever, EVER, be overcome until we keep the diseases of waste and hunger and poverty close to home, let our children be infected by it; unless we decide for ourselves, once and for all, that a child who starves over there is no different than the child who is kept ignorant of why it is happening in a country like our own.
Food literacy. Make it mandatory. Teach it in every grade. Like Math and Science and Language. Like Compassion. Costs almost nothing.
The journey to discover- and overcome- food illiteracy wasn’t easy for me. And it’s not easy for anyone else when there is no test they have to pass because there is no class they ever have to attend to learn about it. And therefore, without education to arm us, the journey to help others overcome it is all the more daunting. But it has to be done; like homework or the Herculean effort required to truly love another (especially the “stranger” on the other side of the pond)- it just simply has to be done. I have chosen to do this, but I know I am not alone. In this tiny blog at the corner of this place and that, somewhere in the increasingly expanding blogosphere, real people are standing by me, shouting their support (I heard it at the Science Centre), some of them now speaking to their teachers and Principals and parents. They are doing this to usher us closer to a time that they- and their future children- deserve; a time when people like me will no longer be required to stand on some virtual corner talking about this easily-remedied problem.
Those who have taken my classes know how important the issue of food literacy for children is to me. I start every session talking about it before we get down to the nuts and bolts of making sushi itself. It all stems from my experience of growing up in the Jane-Finch housing projects, where welfare cheques were meager and nutritious food even more so. As a pimply kid helping to raise two younger siblings while our single mother worked three part-time jobs, learning about food literacy wasn’t exactly on my list of priorities; and even if it was, food literacy programs just weren’t readily available. The schools didn’t teach it (except for one year in junior high school, when we were taught to make classic WASP dishes like mac ‘n cheese and beef stroganoff by the eternally optimistic Miss Harriet — she never told us her last name– in her “Home Economics” class); libraries didn’t have books on it (at least what would have been intelligible to a pre-teen); and television was too busy turning our gaze to the kind of food that, even as children, we just knew was low on the nutrition scale because it was so high on the ‘craving’ one. Finally, local supermarkets, developed in board rooms far removed from the hub of immigrant life were not responsive to communities desperately needing to re-connect with their culinary roots (try buying napa cabbage to make kimchi, a Korean staple, at Price Choppers in the ’80s). Food illiteracy was the norm and everyone suffered for it.
This is why food literacy for children became my singular focus outside of making a living. In my own small way, I wanted to get out there and let children discover what schools/libraries and television and the limited options in supermarkets did not let me discover during my own adolescence. But I felt limited in how I could achieve this. For years, I was “the guy who did sushi”, and for reasons that perplex me today, I didn’t give much thought to how my expertise in sushi could help my cause. In 2006, when I first launched my classes (it was called “Sushi 101” then), I lacked the imagination to find a link between sushi and food literacy. But within two years, with the help of some wonderful teachers and parents who shared my belief that the ABCs of literacy (reading, writing, math) must include food, I was in classrooms, teaching the basics of nutrition by rolling sushi.
This was soon followed by overwhelming buy-in by decision-making adults who could help me make a difference. I was allowed into the boardrooms of multinational companies to teach their senior managers and executives how to roll a California Roll; but these people, many of whom had children of their own, seemed more interested in my food literacy quest than the difference between two grades of sushi rice or how nori is processed. They wanted to know the WHY of what I did and wondered how they could help me mobilize my ideas to far greater numbers of people.
And, of course, that answer to the question “why” always comes easily off my tongue: it’s about the kids, about giving them free reign to deepen what they already know: that the preparation of nutritious food in a safe environment is a basic human right no matter your age and that a child should be taught how to engage his/her rights from the moment their parents register them in their very first institution. So in 2009, I set myself a goal: to conduct the world’s largest connected sushi-making class by 2015. The idea is a simple one: connect thousands of children from all seven continents, including Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, with hundreds of children here in downtown Toronto and teach them how to make sushi. This would be accomplished over a twelve-hour cycle via the internet. The ultimate objective is to get one clear message out to the grown-up world: that institutional food policies and food literacy programs should be adopted within our school systems with the goal of a healthy child at the center of it. The nourishment of the mind and body must have equal emphasis in the classroom.
This spring, I did a pilot project with children in Kampala, Uganda. Through an organization, called Kids Canada, Ugandan children were connected with children in my Toronto restaurant via Skype. Other great organizations on the ground in Uganda also played a key role in ensuring the success of the project, including Kyoto Japanese Restaurant, whose owner, Ahmed Rende, and his chef procured all the ingredients; Insieme Si Puo, who was kind enough to offer the space for the class; Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy; and Pellitier Teenage Mothers’ Foundation, a powerful womens’ organization run by the indomitable spirit-warrior, Solome Nanvule. But, of course, none of this would have been possible without photographer and activist, Maylynn Quan, who does life-altering under-the-radar work in Uganda through her cultural exchanges, photography workshops, clean water projects, and micro businesses. Her astonishing generosity of spirit, as well as her experiences while she was in Uganda at the time of the pilot project, are documented in a blog called How To Change The World In 30 Days. It is moving stuff.
On Sunday April 14th, 11am local time and 5pm Kampala time, we linked up over a patchy internet connection. Children came to my restaurant, Yakitori Bar, and met with children over there gathered in the Insieme Si Puo office space. After a glorious showcase of traditional Ugandan music and dance by Sosolya to inaugurate the festivities, I taught the kids the basics of sushi-making through a webcam. They picked it up quickly and rolled with it.
Children on a continent where sushi is an alien concept (read: exotic, oriental, Other) tried something new. They discovered, as children do (in spite of cultural, religious, racial, gender and continental differences), yet another way to explore the infinite possibilities of the world and their relationship to it. They went from ME to WE within a span of two hours, connecting with others in ways that was impossible for me at their age. Through a simple sushi-making exercise, they learned that food, like any of the other forms of love, unites. The experience transformed everyone involved.
All of this was a prelude to a goal I set out for myself years ago: to conduct the Guinness Book Of World Records’ “Largest connected sushi-making class”. I want to do this by spring of 2014, but I cannot do it alone. I need help from people up and down the food chain and across all the partitions set up to divide people, especially children, in our society. Perhaps, dear reader, in a moment of revelry, as you look back at a time in your own life when you wondered why Reading, Writing and Math was so important to the adults around you but Food Literacy never got an honorable mention– perhaps you might find yourself afterwards considering ways to make this dream of mine (ours) happen?
This post was published by the HUFFINGTON POST as”How Death Changed Our Child”. You can read it here.
That the flash flood felt, by Toronto standards, Biblical in scale, brought Noah and his ark to mind. I had made it to the airport mere minutes ahead of the news of submerged cars, power outages, and flooded subway stations. The 4:25pm Tokyo-Toronto plane circled above the angry clouds for an hour, then diverted to Ottawa to refuel. The six-hour wait for the plane’s return to Pearson International gave me time to think. Outside the Arrivals zone, sheets of water pummeled waiting taxis and I thought about what Noah had fed his family during the 375 days they were on board the ark.
Fish, of course. And with no refridgeration, mostly raw fish: sushi. I imagined him and his sons out on the deck, bracing themselves against the rocking waves and unrelenting downpour and casting their net into the bottomless ocean. Nobody in their right mind would have started a fire in an ark made from willow branches and palm leaves. No point burning the house down when you are the only house left floating in the world.
I also thought about the conversation I had had with my daughter’s mother three weeks ago, after receiving word that our daughter’s sobo (grandmother) had passed away in Japan. Should she take our daughter with her to engage in the potentially traumatic Buddhist rituals around her sobo’s cremated body? We were mindful of the gravity of the experience and knew that it would be a watershed moment in our daughter’s life; another rite of passage that would be as defining as when she uttered her first meaningful word, took her first step, and strung together her first coherent question. In the end, we thought she was ready. So did she, our brave eight year-old.
We were all wrong.
Nothing leaves a more lasting and indelible impression than the death of a family member, even as the passage of Time attempts to make a smudge of it and Memory unabashedly blurs the line between fact and fancy. Death confuses. Our minds tell us one thing and our bodies another. We know it is a natural phenomenon (older people told us so); yet we feel that it is somehow alien, like the way disease feels alien in our bodies.
In the car, our daughter referred to them as “the shivers”.
“It feels like something hurting in my feet and then moving up to my head.”
According to her mother, this “dis-ease” had been afflicting her since that day she picked up the bones of her somo’s cremated body and placed them in a ceremonial vase, a custom for family members of the deceased.
At home that night, we spread out a mattress on the living room floor. She didn’t want to sleep alone.
“I can’t stop thinking about it.”
“About mommy dying.”
I offered some meditation advice: lean into the thought, become friends with it, be gentle with yourself.
“Think Monsters Inc. Remember Boo? The monsters weren’t scary to her when she wanted to hold them. They were just cuddly things that needed her love.”
She clung to her stuffed Hello Kitty doll each time a wave of monsters rose up her body and toward her head. It didn’t help. I massaged her feet and legs and asked her to describe as specifically as she could just what was bothering her.
“Picking up the bones of somo’s nose to put it in the jar. And not wanting mommy to die.”
Later that night, with the second storm rattling our windows, the torrent began:
“I want to die before mommy so that I could spend the rest of my life with her. I want to die before mommy because it would hurt too much if she died before me. I love mommy so much, daddy, I love her so much, and I don’t want her to die.”
The tears were of a new kind, came from a different place. The cries: primal, atavistic. Tears and cries that break the hearts of even the most hardened parents. She was no longer the same child I said goodbye to at the airport three weeks ago.
And this annihilated me.
“Daddy, why do people have to die?”
Clichés issue easily from us when we see another human being suffering. And who wants to utter naked truths at such a time, especially when it is to your own 8 year-old child? The existence of Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy is one thing; a death in the family, another. Forgetting is long and she will never forgive you for the platitudes, the bullshit. This I knew. And yet I wanted to feed my daughter lies so that she could sleep, feel better when she woke; feed her lies so that I could sleep, feel better when I woke. But it was still afternoon in Japan; sleep would not come easy for her. So we stayed up all night and cut to the chase. I needed to hear that crushing incoherent noise that was at the source of my daughter’s pain.
Yes, I wanted to lie to her, to the one person I loved most in this world. But I could not.
“What if mommy doesn’t live a long life. How do you know if she won’t die tomorrow?
“I don’t, my love. Mommy might die tomorrow. We can’t know. But because of you she is trying to be around for a long time, to watch you grow.”
“What if we died together? Then we can meet in heaven together at the same time, right?”
“There is no heaven out there, sweetie. What is beautiful and what is horrible is inside all of us.”
“But if we can’t meet somewhere after we die, what’s the point of living? It doesn’t make sense.”
“You are right. It makes no sense.”
“Daddy, I wish people didn’t have to die. I wish they could live forever. Don’t you?”
“No, I don’t. When we know that people die, we appreciate them more. Don’t you?”
“No, I think that I would appreciate them more because I see them all the time.”
You stop yourself. You don’t want to argue with a child’s logic of love.
“I feel it coming again.”
“What does it feel like?”
“Like my brain is about to explode. It doesn’t stop time. Everybody changes. I wish I had a time machine.”
I held her. She held Hello Kitty. All night.
The following morning, when the clouds broke and I thought the sun would never rise, she said:
“Daddy, can we make sushi for mommy when she wakes up?”
I washed and prepared the rice. We emptied the fridge of left-overs: grilled chicken, pork, raw salmon, vegetables. She set out the rolling mats and sheets of nori on our garden table.
And we went to work. Silently, in unison. We piled everything we could onto full and half sheets. We rolled. We cut the rolls. It was messy. Like love. Like life.
We gave each other high-fives and hugged. It felt different. She leaned into it.
The sky began to darken again, so we moved everything inside. Storm clouds and more shivers. I thought about Noah again, about his family safely ensconced in the ark, and I imagined him whispering to himself as he waved a contemptuous farewell to a world gone corrupt, superfluous: Apre moi, le deluge.
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Well hot dang!!! I was not expecting that AT all. I'm not sure what I WAS... expecting but it certainly wasn't that. Chef Sang was funny, entertaining and very clear with the instructions. He went into great detail to explain how the flavours, combinations and ingredients all affected the quality and taste of your sushi. We learned 3 basic rolling techniques and by the end of the class, we were quite full. And this coming from two people who often go and eat all you can eat. It must have been something to do with the quality of the ingredients. And on top of that, the purchase of our spot in the session went on to help others which was a really nice added bonus at the end of the class. I highly HIGHLY recommend participating, if not, purchasing it as a gift for friends. We have already started telling our friends and are likely to organize a group night it was so excellent. I cannot give Chef Sang and his team enough praise. Even the pre setup and delivery of the food was on clear, responsive and on time. Absolutely fantastic experience. Top praise.read more
22:35 10 Apr 22
Chef Sang achieved the impossible....both my guys working in the kitchen... and creating a sushi feast with little to no mess! My idea of divine. And such fun. Thanks for a great evening!read more
13:33 28 Mar 22
Chef Sang provided an amazing experience, we had an awesome evening of... laughter and Sushi! I would highly recommend Sushi Making for the Soul!Thank you Chef Sang and Jennifer!read more
12:37 28 Mar 22
I took the Sushi making class on Saturday after receiving a gift voucher... last year. Booking the session was very easy and they kindly extended the voucher time frame for me. When the box arrived on the day of the class with the ingredients it was packed well with very clear instructions. The online class itself was great! Chef Sang was knowledgeable, funny and very easy to follow. I would highly recommend the class to others (and already have done!) It would be great to do this class in-person.read more
I did a virtual class with my 2 sons (8 and 14). We learned so much about... the proper ways to eat sushi to enjoy all of the flavours. The ingredients were fresh, the special soy sauce blend was amazing and the portions were perfect. Would highly recommend to anyone interesting in learning how to make sushi. Chef Sang is knowledgeable and entertaining!!read more
16:08 18 Feb 22
Chef Sang is fantastic! I would highly recommend this online class to... everyone. Great value and enjoyable time.read more
13:10 16 Feb 22
Such a fun (and delicious) experience making sushi with Chef Sang! I’d... recommend it to anyone, especially for a date night or as a gift!read more
22:19 05 Feb 22
Wow! Just wow! Chef Sang. I cannot believe you taught me how to make sushi... over a zoom call. My gf Taylor and I loved every second of it. I usually like to give both the good and the bad but I just don't have any bad things to say about this experience!First off, the box of food and supplies was amazing. They were so well packed and fresh. The fish was fresh and tasted amazing! The veggies were picked perfectly but I have to talk about the avocado because that was my biggest worry. Cutting into that, it was perfect! 10/10Now with the video call. Chef Sang was so personable and well-spoken. He commented on everyone's videos and didn't leave anyone out. He was such a great teacher. I have never made sushi before and thought I would make a complete mess but by the pictures below, they came out perfectly. It was so fun to do and so simple with the help of Chef Sang. Also, before I forget, there is plenty of food in this box. We were so shocked. We bought for 2 but we gave a full plate to our neighbour so it didn't go to waste.This is a great experience and will be recommending this to everyone. Take a look at what we made and keep in mind, we never made sushi before.read more
01:43 08 Jul 21
Had an absolutely brilliant time at this online sushi class with Chef... Sang! From setting everything up with Jennifer at the start (very helpful, kind, and welcoming - can't thank Jennifer enough) to the delivery of the food/ materials to the techniques taught to eating the sushi, this was a quality experience that I'd recommend to everyone who's able! Fun, interesting, engaging, and encouraging - I managed to roll temaki properly for the first time in my life, and we all had a ball!read more
21:32 05 Jul 21
Had a great time learning 4 levels of sushi making!Chef Sang is a great... teacher, and entertainer. Would recommend.read more
16:20 27 Jun 21
Dear Chef Sang,I loved every moment of "Sushi making for the soul." It... was so much fun!!! Something that I hope to experience once again in the very near future.Chef Sang, thank you for making yesterday's lesson so personable and enjoyable. My family (and friends who kept popping in and out throughout the lesson...uninvited 😉) enjoyed it just as much as I did. They were very impressed at how yummy my sushi rolls were. That is because the quality of rice and food items used were fresh and authentic.I could not have asked for a more beautiful way to celebrate my birthday...thank you... grazie... merci.... 감사합니다.Claudiaread more
20:59 30 May 21
Had such a good time in this class. Chef Sang was engaging, charismatic... and absolutely a pleasure to watch and learn from. We made soooo much sushi that both my husband and I were stuffed and had left overs. And love how easy this was to coordinate and how the ingredients, equipment and instructions were all included.read more
20:11 28 May 21
I had an amazing experience with Sushi Making for the Soul. They did a... great job organizing the corporate event and ensured everyone had their sushi kits delivered on time for the workshop. Also the Chef Sang did a fantastic job teaching everyone how to make various kinds of sushi rolls and even about the culture of sushi making. Definitely a worthwhile workshop to take. The fact that they made the virtual experience easy and fun was really a bonus :)read more
14:40 03 May 21
Chef Sang, the presentation was exceptional and definitely very tasty. ... With this global pandemic is was an excellent opportunity to get to see the family from near and afar sharing food and drinks as we always do.A special thank you to our cousins Alfonso and Tyna who organized this wonderful eventful event and brought the family together during these unprecedent times. :) X 100read more
00:55 03 May 21
Had the pleasure of learning, laughing, and of course eating some... absolutely delicious sushi 🍣! Can’t say it looked great ... lol as I still have to master a squircle technique... lolAnyway...Chef Sang is a pleasure, and I’d book his sushi parties any day ! Thank you 😊🥰🦀🍣read more
20:47 30 Apr 21
This was so much fun! We LOVE sushi and now appreciate what goes into... making it. Chef Sang mixes humour and history in his teachings, plus you get to eat as you go! The kits were so well put together and we were amazed at just how much was in there! Definitely recommend this to anyone who loves sushi!read more
17:44 27 Apr 21
Excellent event! Chef Sang is fun, engaging, and informative. The food is... delicious, a variety of ingredients is offered (my children ate the eggplant on its own - that's how incredibly delicious the food is!) and is prepared and provided in a kit that is easy to use. Chef Sang's online setup makes it easy to follow his instructions and results in beautiful, delicious sushi. We made a variety of rolls over the two hour period. My young kids also got involved and enjoyed preparing and eating their own sushi.I highly recommend Sushi Making for the Soul.read more
15:36 25 Apr 21
Our family did a sushi making class with Chef Sang this weekend and it was... great. Chef Sang was friendly and funny and we learned how to make many kinds of sushi. Jennifer was a great communicator and the materials provided were high quality. Highly recommended.read more
12:36 24 Apr 21
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the experience. I’ve never eaten sushi,... let alone made it and add to that the digital aspect - it was going to be completely new!It wasn’t just making sushi, it was an education about the process of how each component is made from the rice to the sake. Chef Sang Kim was personable, entertaining, and informative.It was a lot of laughs, delicious food, and a fully engaging experience that I won’t forgot!read more
21:43 19 Apr 21
Chef Sang is an expert with great stories and anecdotes to match. We... learned so much about not only how to make sushi but how to eat it properly as well. Would recommend!read more
13:19 19 Apr 21
I recently experienced Chef Sang's online Sushi Making for the Soul class... and it did not disappoint.The food was fantastic, the stories were great, and Chef Sang shared many culinary lessons along the way. The technology and the style of the online class was very effective at allowing me to follow along and learn. Multiple cameras, and clear instructions made it much more enjoyable.My favorite part (outside of the delicious sushi) was learning about the small ingredients that can make such a difference in good sushi. The soya sauce, pickled ginger, and all the other ingredients were carefully chosen to provide a heightened experience. The smallest items can sometimes have the largest impact on the dish!Thanks again Chef Sang for the wonderful time, and a great memory. All the best as you continue to teach, and inspire.read more
21:32 28 Mar 21
Nice bonding with my daughter especially she loves sushi 🍣 very... much! Chef Sang is very passionate with what he does best & teach us the history of picking the right ingredients and techniques to roll our nori. Some glitches in the food delivery but Jennifer graciously assist us. Overall nice virtual course to take.read more
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15:19 26 Mar 21
Put on an event with Sushi Making For The Soul for some clients and... friends. The kits were perfectly packed, Chef Sang was entertaining and engaging. Everyone said it was a fantastic evening. Highly recommend!read more
18:11 17 Mar 21
My S/O and I had the absolute pleasure of being gifted a lovely "sushi... making course" as taught by Chef Sang. I cannot stress the amount that I learned from this 2 hour session, I highly recommend this for broadening the heights of your dinners or even just for a fun time!read more
18:35 15 Mar 21
We had such a great time with Chef Sang! We learned so much about not only... Sushi Making but also about what goes with Sushi - learned a lot about wasabi and soy sauce, and how integral they are in their own way. The class was super fun and I definitely feel I could make sushi on my own now! Thanks Chef Sang + Jennifer! PS - Drink in photo was not included :Pread more
15:55 15 Mar 21
Super fun and easy to do (don't be intimidated). Kit arrived with... everything prepped and cut to perfect size. Chef Sang makes it very accessible and entertaining. Would do it again!read more
17:13 14 Mar 21
Highly recommend Sushi Making for the Soul! Chef Sang conducts a really... engaging, authentic, and informative class virtually. It's really easy to follow his lead and instruction to create various tasty maki creations - you'll be surprised how well you'll do! It was also great that he effortlessly provided attention to each individual virtual student, and was happy to take questions if you had any. It was also great to hear that Sang and Jennifer does so much to support the community as well - kudos to you guys!The sign up process and ingredients pick up was also extremely easy and smooth. They provide curbside pickup (they also offer delivery), and everything you need for the class is packaged nicely in a cute decorative box. Jennifer was so responsive and even went above and beyond to help me figure out how to gift this virtual class for a friend for her birthday. I highly recommend you try this! Thanks Chef Sang and Jennifer!read more
14:49 14 Mar 21
Had. A. Blast!!! It was fun, informative and just a delicious event to... participate in. Our kitchen had a ton of competitive banter as my fiancé and I prepped each other for how "fine" our rolls would turn out....Now, when we buy ingredients we know what to look for and to top it all off, Chef Sang was inspiring as a chef and as a human-being in the work he does out in our community. Well worth your evening guys!read more
14:11 14 Mar 21
Sushi Making for the Soul with Chef Sang was incredible and I recommend it... to anyone that enjoys sushi. You learn some great techniques and also learn some of the history behind sushi in Toronto and North America.read more
02:14 08 Mar 21
Planning a birthday in the middle of a lockdown/global pandemic can be... challenging - especially for a milestone birthday. However, after reading multiple reviews about Chef Sang’s Sushi Making for the Soul, I knew that this class would be perfect. Jennifer was extremely easy to communicate with and picking up the ingredients on the day of the class was so convenient with curbside pick-up. My husband and I had an AWESOME time learning new sushi making techniques and Chef Sang was extremely generous with him time answering our questions after the class! We would highly recommend this class to anyone who has passion for sushi!!read more
02:05 08 Mar 21
We had a fantastic time at Chef Sang's virtual sushi class. The class was... so much fun and we really learned a lot about techniques and ingredients. I was worried that the class would feel large since it was virtual but Chef Sang was amazing at getting the class involved and really making it feel like personal and interactive even by video. Booking was great and Jennifer was fantastic at answering all my questions and accommodating booking for a larger group.read more
17:40 24 Feb 21
Chef Sang is fantastic! He is a true master in the art and craft of making... food from the soul. Taking his sushi class was a truly meditative experience. He is thoughtful, encouraging, insightful as well as being a funny and fantastic chef!. The entire process from registration to the virtual class experience was so smooth and so much fun! If your looking to learn something new and have fun while doing it look no further than signing up and taking a class with sushi making for the soul-you wont regret it!read more
23:07 21 Feb 21
I took this class virtually and it was fantastic. Chef Sang is... knowledgeable, and a great teacher. He made sushi making approachable but also challenged the class to try many techniques. The ingredients in the kit provided were of excellent quality. Jennifer, who facilitated registration, was helpful and responsive, making sign up a breeze. Would definitely recommend this experience to anyone!read more
15:16 20 Feb 21
Great experience with Chef Sang, he was funny, engaging and a great... teacher!read more
21:54 15 Feb 21
Highly recommend!We did an intro class for Valentines Day and had an... amazing time. The class was structured really well, the instructions were easy to follow and the food was delicious. We learned so much (about ingredients, technique and general insights) and had fun doing it! The whole team was awesome - Chef Sang is a great teacher and Jennifer made the whole booking process super easy and answered all the questions we had.We’re looking forward to trying another class soon!read more
17:56 15 Feb 21
My husband and I ordered the Valentine’s Day online sushi making class... with Chef Sang. From the time we reached out to inquire, we received prompt responses and Jennifer was amazing in accommodating our food preferences. We opted to have our box delivered and were pleasantly surprised with how everything was packaged and how clear the preparation instructions were. The box was adorable and there were extra treats thrown in, which really added to the experience. The online class was interactive and fun and Chef Sang was very informative and a great teacher. The ingredients were fresh and the sushi was delicious! We highly recommend Sushi Making for the Soul!read more
05:56 15 Feb 21
This was a fantastic experience and Chef Sang really made us feel welcome.... Not only was he very funny, but he was very authentic, and that's what made this class so memorable.Would highly recommend any sushi lover to take this class!read more
16:11 08 Feb 21
My boyfriend and I did Chef Sang's sushi making for the soul class over... the weekend and it was so much fun! The whole team did an amazing job at communication leading up to the workshop, and the lesson / variety of rolls we made during the class was so well-rounded. Chef also gave a lot of background insight behind how to properly eat sushi. Overall, highly recommend!read more
02:17 08 Feb 21
Amazing class! Chef Sang was a genuinely patient teacher, super friendly... and hilarious - my boyfriend and I were constantly laughing throughout the entire class. We learnt countless of new things, besides the sushi making techniques, like what to look for when buying nori and wasabi. I also had to reschedule the class a couple of times and Jennifer who I was in constant contact with me was truthfully so helpful and understanding. Overall an extremely fun experience and will be enrolling family and friends in this class!read more
16:02 07 Feb 21
I absolutely loved this class! The packaging with all the ingredients was... so cute. For someone who has never made sushi before, it is so helpful to have all of the ingredients already there and then just roll with it (pun intended). Chef Sang was funny & the instructions were easy to follow. What a great & fun activity! I would highly recommend it 👍read more
20:17 01 Feb 21
I organized a Parent Social for an evening of sushi making with Chef Sang.... The experience exceeded my expectations - from the top notch ingredients provided in the sushi kits, to Chef Sang teaching all 40 of us how to properly make and eat sushi! He was very engaging and charismatic in his delivery - I would highly recommend if you are wanting to do a fun event with friends or family. My sushi wasn’t the prettiest, but it tasted fantastic! I look forward to taking another class to ‘perfect’ my sushi skills! Thank you Chef Sang and Jennifer for helping me organize a great event!read more
18:38 31 Jan 21
Chef Sang was an amazing host! My partner and I had a great time learning... how to make sushi! Thank you to Jennifer also for answering all my questions!read more
17:24 31 Jan 21
I purchased this class for something to do for my fiancé's birthday and he... LOVED it and so did I. As two individuals who go for sushi regularly, we thoroughly enjoyed learning and becoming more knowledgeable on the making of sushi. Chef Sang made the class fun, informative and engaging. He allowed and encouraged us to show off our skills and it was nice seeing all the other participants work. We were a little hesistant at the first glance, thinking it wasn't going to be enough food and Chef Sang ensured us all that we would 100% be full by the end of it because you get full faster when you take your time eating. Everything was sooo delicious and we will definitely be looking into taking another level of sushi cooking class with Chef Sang. In these crazy times, where we are isolated in our house, this was absolutely a fun and different thing to do on a Saturday night rather than your typical watch netflix kind of night. Thank you Chef Sang!read more
15:33 26 Jan 21
Fantastic evening with Chef Sang. His team is highly communicative,... provided fresh ingredients and all the tools needed to prepare sushi over 2.5 hours, and hosted a professional class.read more
17:25 23 Jan 21
Chef Sang ran a great sushi for the soul class. It was entertaining and... informative. He was quite engaging! It was also well organized. They were conscious and accommodating of allergies which was very reassuring. They also provided more than enough supplies and helpful instructions. It was a very good value for the price. I would take one of his workshops again for sure!read more
19:50 18 Jan 21
Zoom class was excellent. Chef Sang was informative, educational and fun... to follow. Customer service focus from start to finish with Jennifer including delivery of amazing sushi kit. Even though we were designated “level 1” sushi makers, thanks to Chef’s ingredients and tips, our rolls tasted pretty good. Btw check out Sang’s TedX talk. Very insightful. Highly recommend this class. Ron, Marionread more
16:16 17 Jan 21
My partner and I participated in an online class with Chef Sang and WOW... were we impressed! Our sushi kit had everything we needed and Chef Sang is so knowledgeable, we learned so much about sushi, how its prepared and how different ingredients are prepared and work together. The ingredients provided are prepared with care, I have never tasted wasabi and soy sauce that was so delicious, this contributed to a highly enjoyable home experience that I would highly recommend this to others. Chef Sang has a great sense of humour as well :) Thank you!read more
13:49 17 Jan 21
Chef Sang has a great personality and demeanour, which made struggling... through sushi making fun. He really went slow and instructed well, so most people can actually succeed in making rolls. The educational component to his class was almost just as rewarding too!read more
22:08 15 Jan 21
Taking this class with Chef Sang was the highlight of my week. For a few... moments I forgot the pandemic and was just enjoying myself in a cooking class. The Chef makes an effort engage with participants as much as possible in a virtual format. I love the way he had participants engage their 5 senses from introduction to the ingredients, smelling, making, and tasting. So fun and fulfilling to learn something new. I have already purchased supplies to apply my new skills and make sushi again at homeread more
23:31 06 Jan 21
What an amazing experience! My partner and I attended a virtual session... with Chef Sang and I highly recommend it! The ingredients were so delicious and powerful (especially the wasabi), and Chef Sang gave us a lot of tips in perfecting our rolls. Great for a date night or family activity, especially in a pandemic!read more
18:46 29 Dec 20
My son did the online kids class with Chef Sang over the holidays and he... loved it! Chef Sang provided so much great info on how to appreciate sushi, as well as helping the kids understand the ingredients by asking them to look, taste and feel. He was fantastic with the kids - using humour and a good pace to keep them engaged. Registration and the kit pick-up was smooth and Jennifer was very responsive answering any questions I had. I would definitely recommend Sushi Making for the Soul to others.read more
01:51 23 Dec 20
We engaged Sushi Making for the Soul for a team holiday event at work and... everyone had such a great time! We had colleagues participate from coast to coast in Canada and they were able to deliver all the required ingredients in time for the event, even though it was booked quite last minute! Perishable ingredients were delivered fresh and tasty. Chef Sang was an informative chef and teacher and was also very fun as he led the live class virtually. If he's that engaging virtually, his in-person classes must be even better when we're all allowed to gather again. Highly recommend!read more
19:57 15 Dec 20
Did a virtual event and i must say it was amazing. Chef Sang is absolutely... hilarious. He provided a quick but interesting history lesson as he teaches you how to make a variety of different sushi's. Definitely would consider doing more classes!read more
19:54 15 Dec 20
What a great time! My first time making Sushi and look forward to doing it... again. Highly recommend Chef Sang Kim not only the food which was awesome but if you get a chance to take a class it makes the whole experience much more fun and satisfying!!read more
16:10 11 Dec 20
Attended a virtual Holiday event with our team and I was really delighted... by the experience.The kits were delivered to us, and although we're in different locations across Canada, Chef Sang and his team adapted the content to the small variations there were in the boxes.The workshop was a lot of fun and very interactive.Highly recommend!read more
16:07 11 Dec 20
Chef SANG was amazing! Our team asked for Chef Sang to do a sushi making... demonstration for our virtual holiday event and it was fantastic. He is very entertaining and it was amazing to learn something new. Sushi making might seem very complicated - especially in a remote setting and he really hit it out the park and we all made some beautiful rolls! Thank you so much!!read more
23:27 09 Dec 20
The Sushi Making for the Soul was a fabulous experience and everyone had a... blast. Chef Sang was an encouraging tutor with lots of history and anecdotes about the origins of California Rolls; the purpose of wasabi, how it's grown and it's evil doppleganger horseradish powder; tasting tips like never let the rice touch the soy; and never EVER mix the soy and wasabi together! The ingredients were fresh and tastey and his instructions easy to understand. Thoroughly enjoyed our lesson and highly recommend Chef Sang and Sushi for the Soul!read more
23:14 09 Dec 20
Just did a virtual team event with Chef Sang Kim and it was beyond... fantastic! With a large group, we all received a great kit delivered to our doors including everything you need from ingredients, kitchen tools and the chopsticks to eat your creations! Not only did Chef take the time to know about our team before the lesson, but the level of engagement felt so personalized. Chef provided so much knowledge, information and most importantly energy and charisma throughout the whole experience. After it was done, we all hit Slack uploading photos and commenting about how much fun we all had! As a holiday event, it felt really great to know that CanadaLife chose such a perfect local small business and additionally supporting Chef Sang Kim who helps hard-hit communities and families. Win / Win / Win / Win.Chef, Christmas sushi lesson with my kids? They loved what I made!read more
22:03 09 Dec 20
What an amazing time. My company had Chef Sang lead us through the 'Sushi... making for the soul' class just before the holidays. It was fun, delicious and I would recommend it to anyone and/or company to do. He shares about how he cares deeply for our communities, gives back and what role we have as supporters in continuing everything he does into the future.read more
21:54 09 Dec 20
Chef Sang was a great facilitator for our corporate sushi making event. We... were able to make four different rolls and eat them as we went. All of the ingredients were of really high quality and was still fun, even over zoom. The one thing I would say is, let's get to sushi making faster as it was a long intro and we were hungry! Overall would definitely recommend.read more
12:32 08 Dec 20
Chef Sang was amazing!! My daughter has intellectual disabilities and he... taught her and her friends with such patience. He ensured that everyone was included and part of the overall such making experience.It was the best cooking class we have ever attended and we learned a lot 😁. It was a pleasure to meet such an incredible Chef and I totally recommend this class.read more
21:20 29 Nov 20
Had a blast taking Chef Sang's online sushi making class. We learned a... lot, ate a lot and laughed a lot. Definitely recommend it for anyone (esp when stuck at home due to the lockdown) and can't wait to continue making sushi!read more
16:07 29 Nov 20
Chef Sang's sushi making class was so much fun! I got this class as a gift... to a friend for her birthday. Since we were still dealing with the pandemic, we had the class online and I opted to purchase the ingredients myself since we weren't in the Toronto area.The purchase process for the class was really easy and Jennifer was quick and informative through emails. Since I was purchasing my own ingredients, Jennifer spoke with Chef Sang who, then, provided his phone number and I was able to speak with him about what was needed. He took time to go through what ingredients I could get based on what I enjoyed and told me about specific brands I should be getting. He, also, was thorough in explaining how to make the perfect rice for sushi using my rice cooker. I felt confident even before starting the class.The link to access the class was sent earlier in the week before the class was to air with instructions on how to access. During the class, Chef Sang was informative and entertaining, cracking jokes to keep us on our toes. His instructions to make the sushi was clear and easy to follow. We made 3 different rolls and a hand roll. Chef Sang started out with a cucumber roll with the nori on the outside and then moved into a California roll, then a tuna hand roll, and finished off with a trickier yin and yang roll which we were able to achieve with chef's guidance. After the class had finished, we continued making some of our own sushi creations with the leftover ingredients and our newly learned skills.Chef Sang was patient with us as we were quite a rowdy pair so we kept our microphone on mute, but we kept our video on so he could see our progress. We were able to see the other people also learning how to make sushi and it felt like a community for the 2 hours that the class ran.Thank you Chef Sang for an awesome night! We were able to enjoy some good company, great sushi and learned something in the process. I would recommend this class to anyone!read more
15:35 29 Nov 20
A wonderful evening learning about the history, etiquette and making of... sushi. Chef Sang is funny and engaging. A great experience and one I would do again.read more
19:59 21 Nov 20
Honestly, It was a great experience. I am so happy we opted to come into... the facility because of Chef Sangs charismatic nature and personal touch. Everything was sanitized and safe. This would be an amazing work event!! It was nice to get out, make some great food, have some laughs, and learn something new. We all had a great time. We would be more than happy to experience this class or a new class sometime soon we truly enjoyed it. It is rare that a culinary experience makes you feel "like home and you're hanging out with friends"...this I appreciate.I finally learned how to make sushi and know more about the culture and Chef Sangs experiences. This morning I woke up and said "look at that, Chef Sang created the dynamite roll... how amazing is that...everyone serves the dynamite role"!PS. We could not stop commenting on how fresh the food was last night and how much we learned about quality sushi. I'd be interested to know more about where to buy some of the items - like ginger, Wasabi was insane lol, and the soy!. Keep me posted on Chef Sango products! Please take good care we wish you both the best of luck - stay safe!Lizread more
22:42 16 Nov 20
Never thought I'd "virtually attend" a cooking class, but so glad I did! ... For starters - the home kits came with everything fully prepped to be able to make the Sushi, including Chef Sang's personal blend of Soy Sauce (it's absolutely delicious!! and available for purchase in 2021), real wasabi (I never knew I was eating neon green horse radish paste), and all the regularly expected ingredients & tools (the beer was my add). You can ask for a vegetarian or regular kit, and there is a ton of food. On the main event - The class was fun, informative, filling and just a lovely way to spend the evening. Chef Sang was great about making everyone feel comfortable and encouraging chat across the video groups. There was a camera for Chef Sang and one on the sushi mat, so you can always see what's going on. Even better than a fun night & full belly - a portion of your fee goes to Chef Sang's charitable endeavors. Sign up with friends and make a night of it!read more
01:31 14 Nov 20
What a great way to spend a family evening! We listened, we laughed, we... found our taste buds, and we made sushi! It didn't always look as good as it tasted, but we are proud of ourselves for attempting a craft that has been around for thousands of years. A big thank you to Chef Sang for making our evening enjoyable in every way. We share your passion for sushi and appreciated the knowledge and advice you provided. We especially enjoyed learning about wasabi, soy sauce and ginger. The session is worth it for that information alone! P.S. Thanks for the K-drama recommendations too :)read more
16:43 08 Nov 20
One of the most exciting and fun filled learning experiences! Chef Sang... makes learning something so technical as Sushi a lot of fun with his tips and tricks. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and are inspired with everything Sushi making for the soul is doing for the community. We are proud Sushi warriors and already on our journey to make delicious Sushi at home and amaze our friends. Thank you for your insights. I would highly recommend taking this course to everyone who appreciates this soul food.read more
16:36 08 Nov 20
Amazing experience. Chef Sang was fun, knowledgeable and very friendly. I... had a great time learning and also the food was very good as well. Highly recommended.read more
14:33 18 Oct 20
I took my girlfriend for a sushi making class for her birthday. It was so... perfect - we could have done this any time of year. Chef Sang is the nicest guy and the space including the kitchen is big but also really nice to spend an evening in.We'll definitely be recommending the whole experience to our friends and family!read more
03:46 18 Oct 20
Super fun experience- hands on tutorial to make sushi while sipping a... glass of vino! Chef Sang is an awesome teacher!! Highly recommended 🌟read more
03:02 17 Oct 20
We had such an amazing night with Chef Sang! Our many interactions with... Jennifer, his assistant, were always so pleasant! She was able to answer all of our questions! When we arrived at our class we were greeted by Chef Sang who was not only friendly, but extremely knowledgeable! He made the class educational and enjoyable! We would definitely recommend!read more
16:46 29 Sep 20
Had an incredible time with my girlfriend doing the virtual makimono class... with Chef Sang. Chef Sang is really knowledgeable, personable and explains the concepts in a manner that is very easy to understand. I highly recommend this class for couples for a date night of if you're just interested in sushi making.read more
18:08 13 Sep 20
When Chef Sang Kim arrived at our door last night the evening instantly... began to develop when he walked into our kitchen. Chef Sang designed an eating area for 11 staging our dishes and his accessories to create a colourful surprise as he invited us all in from our backyard patio.I truly felt like I was walking into a lovely Resturant and not my kitchen!Chef Sang changed our way of eating sushi by teaching us all to slowdown, prepare our food with meaning and taught us an understanding of how to combine rich quality items to create our delicious rolls.Chef Sang, came organized and prepare showing no stress and maintained professionalism which I think if your looking for a night out in your own home you should consider.Our friends and family will rave about what they learned, enjoyed, and experienced with Sushi Making for the Soul.Thank you so much for my birthday dinner ❤️read more
11:26 12 Jul 20
We did a virtual surprise birthday sushi making class with a lot of people... for my wife’s birthday and it was great! Everything was awesome and we had a great time. Chef Sang was excellent and took time to explain everything to us; he paused and went slower when we needed him to. Would highly recommend!!read more
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23:13 14 Mar 20
I have wanted to learn to make sushi for the longest time. Chef Sang's... class is the perfect introduction to not just sushi rolling, but the history and etiquette of sushi. I now feel confident that I won't offend anyone when I eat a traditional sushi meal. Although I have a long way to go before mastering the art of sushi making, at least I know it's not as complicated as it looks. Chef Sang provided easy to follow instructions and even more importantly, during this time of panic, he provided a very calm, fun, and enjoyable atmosphere, and made sure to take the necessary precautions to make all of us feel comfortable, healthy, clean, and safe with strict measures around sanitation and safety. I highly recommend Sushi Making For The Soul for anyone curious about sushi, or just looking to have a fun night. It is definitely more fun with someone to enjoy the experience with. Thank you Chef Sang.P.S. the location is amazing, super clean, and very spacious with plenty of free parking.read more
22:32 05 Mar 20
I hosted a private event in my home and Chef Sang Kim was an absolute hit... with all my guests! He had so much charisma and was great at reading the room and motivating me and all my friends. The amount of sushi we were able to make definitely filled us up, and we had a blast learning about the different types of techniques within sushi-making. I would highly recommend this for anyone looking for an intro to sushi-making!read more
19:11 05 Mar 20
I was skeptical at first when my friends invited me to attend a private... sushi making night/party. I like eating Japanese food but the thought of preparing the food never crossed my mind as an enjoyable thing to do. As you can see by my rating, I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the evening with my friends at this event. Chef Sang is incredibly knowledgeable, entertaining, and learned some great techniques. He was well prepared, answered many questions, was energetic and engaging, told many funny and intriguing stories about food and his experiences as a Chef in Toronto. I also really like the fact his Ingredients were fresh and of good quality. When it comes to Japanese food, that is ultra important! I can see why this is a high demand experience. I would definitely recommend booking a private event Sushi Making experience with Chef Sang Kim.read more
15:18 27 Feb 20
My husband and I first met Chef Sang when we booked a sushi-making party... at our home for 10 adults. Not knowing what exactly to expect, we were blown away. The evening was a great way for our group to connect while learning a new skill - and in the privacy of our home. Chef Sang was both informative and hilarious. The ingredients were well chosen and there was something for everyone in our diverse group (which included a vegetarian). By the end of the night we had learned so much and everyone had such a great time that we have booked the next level up! Highly recommended.read more
22:22 26 Feb 20
My sister found Chef Sang's Sushi Making for the Soul for my bachelorette... party the night before my wedding. I couldn't have been happier to experience Chef Sang's warmth and passion for food and community during such an important time in my life. I was so happy to hear that our experience was helping youth in Toronto access the class. We all learned lots about sushi and Chef Sang's detailed explanations and knowledge of the food and art were impressive! I would recommend booking Chef Sang for anyone looking for a unique experience to share with their friends, family, coworkers or neighbors!read more
03:44 25 Feb 20
Chef Sang's class is wonderful! Whether you're looking for a fun night out... with friends or a great date idea, this class is sure to educate, entertain and delight. Not only does Sang provide useful, applicable instruction making sushi, but he also provides a rich context for the class - from the history of this Japanese delicacy, to the intricacies of its flavors and textures, to the appropriate way to enjoy it. All is delivered in Sang's jovial, good-humored style, which is sure to have you laughing as much as you are learning. Bravo!read more
21:58 23 Feb 20
Such a great time! We learned a lot and ate really well. Ample food and... warm environment. Thanks Chef Sang!read more
19:38 17 Jan 20
Such a fun experience. Chef Sang is a great host! Funny, makes you feel... comfortable yet awkward for making a mistake at the same time, in a humourous way of course. I learned so much in this class!read more
22:38 27 Dec 19
Great date night experience and Chef Sang makes it soooo easy to master... rolling within minutes. "Moments of truth" around sushi etiquette blew our minds. (Obviously we've been eating sushi all wrong...Don't make wasabi & soy sauce soup!).read more
22:53 16 Dec 19
Chef Sang is amazing, knows so much about sushi and its history. I can... make spicy tuna rolls now, my girlfriend's fave. So easy to learn when you have a great teacher. We took the making makimonos class, quality ingredients and excellent sushi rice. The most fun cooking class in the city. Highly highly recommend!read more
22:35 16 Dec 19
My boyfriend and I took the Uramaki (inside-out rolls) class. It was a... gift for our 3rd year anniversary and we love to cook. And I was so excited because I love watching Chef Sang on CTV’s The Social. The class was SO amazing that we enrolled in the Making Makimonos class. Chef Sang is just as charming, funny, and incredibly knowledgeable in real life as he is on tv! If you love sushi and want to learn how to make it right or you just want a great night out with your partner, THIS is the class! So much fun!read more
13:22 07 Nov 19
I won a private class through a charity auction, and so I wasn't sure what... to expect. In short, the class blew me away. Chef Sang's attention to detail, expansive knowledge and engagement with each of us made the class a wonderful experience for all. I would highly recommend it, we had such a great time!read more
19:49 26 Jun 19
I had an amazing experience at Chef Sang's Sushi Making for the Soul... class. I have never made sushi prior to this class and didn't know what to expect going into it but I was pleasantly surprised by the entire experience. Chef Sang is extremely informative and entertaining at the same time.My boyfriend and I had an awesome date night, it was unlike anything we had ever done before. We are now sushi making experts! I have been recommending this class to all my friends and family!read more
16:46 29 May 19
Chef Sang Kim was fabulous. He's not only a chef, he's a historian and... poet of sushi and rice and eating. and he's kind of like a stand-up comedian too. I know him first and foremost from his restaurant ventures, but this experience was the best--he shines as a host and a sushi mentor. (Is that a thing? It is now!) We had a wonderful, convivial evening.read more
11:58 29 May 19
First of all, whatever preconceptions you may have about sushi making,... throw them out the window on your way to this class.This event, yeah it’s way more than just a class, is perfect whether you’re going with a friend, coworkers or date.Chef Sang Kim has a way of putting everyone at ease right from the beginning. I suggest you arrive about 15-30 minutes early to meet and mingle with others before class starts.The class itself begins with a really interesting presentation of where sushi comes from and the proper etiquette of eating these heavenly rolls. You will also learn about the great work that Chef Sang Kim does with local troubled youth. During the class itself you will make enough sushi to be well fed so no need to eat later. Do not be intimidated if you’ve never even thought about how sushi is made. The class will teach you step by step and to be honest, I was impressed with my friend’s creations. The whole class is a blast and you will have a great time. I’m actually looking forward to taking some more advanced classes next time I’m in Toronto. In a nutshell, GO, you won’t regret it.read more
19:45 22 May 19
Chef Sang held a private sushi making class for our group of 15. He was... highly entertaining and quite knowledgeable. The high quality of the ingredients he brought in was clearly evident after just one bite.read more
17:37 20 May 19
I did the Intro to Maki class and it was fantastic! They were very good... with soy and peanut allergies. I would definitely recommend for anyone who wants some fun along with their class, Chef Sang is quite charming!read more
My Brother went for his birthday and they had so much fun he bought it for... mine! Such a great night! Chef Sang Kim provides great entertainment while also teaching you about what you were about to make! The night was filled with good laughs and delicious food! Definitely recommend!read more
Loved it!!! Someone bought this one night class as a gift for me and I... haven't stopped thanking them! Loads of fun.. Chef Sang Kim knows his stuff! And plays great music! Highly recommend it.. Bring some friends!read more