Chef Tomonori Nagai started his career as a sushi chef in Japan in 1990s, after graduated from Musashino Culinary School in Tokyo. He has profound experiences as sushi chef in New York, Hawaii, and Singapore. When he was working as sushi chef at Morimoto, Hawaii, he served sushi for Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. He was also one of the main chefs of Shinji by Kanesaka in Singapore, a Michelin star restaurant in Singapore. Now, he is opening his own restaurant, Sushi Nagai, in San Francisco to bring his authentic Japanese sushi taste and his profound skills to the scene.
What tasting are you presenting? Why do you think this tasting paves the next wave of food trends?
We are preparing Traditional Edomae style Sushi. We believe this to be the next wave of food trend because Sushi, especially in USA has been more Special roll centric using the same kinds of fish all year round. We believe people would want to experience all the ocean has to offer by eating various different kinds of fish and we are here to show them how.
In an effort to promote sustainable gastronomy, how is your dish aligned with this future trend? (i.e. using local produce, plastic-free, etc)
Edomae style sushi is dependent upon the seasons. Knowing when is the best time to enjoy a specific kind of fish. We believe this allows sustainability by not over eating any fish and allowing population to rebound before they are consumed again. This is a kind of responsible eating to preserve fish populations for future enjoyment.
What does the future of Asian food look like?
We believe the future of asian cuisine would be traditional style cooking. The reason is that fusion is great way to combine different cultures and cuisines, but doing so loses some of the main concepts or ideas behind the original cuisine. Especially in sushi, simplicity allows for greater appreciation for how all different kinds of fish taste.
What does celebrating 10 lucky years of LUCKYRICE mean to you?
This is our first time working with LUCKYRICE and we are excited and humbled to be working along some great chefs and seeing what the new age of cuisine is to become.
Join Chef Nagai’s special trio of Rémy Martin sushi at LUCKYRICE Night Market of the Future presented by Rémy Martin on July 25th, 2019.