Tokyo Sushi Academy was set up in 2002 in Tokyo, there was no culinary course in Japan that specialized in the teaching of sushi.
Our CEO, Mr. Makoto Fukue identified the problem and decided to set up the academy with the purpose of training people to be sushi chefs, no matter what age they are. Some of our graduates are also mid-career leavers or retirees who have plans to set up their own restaurants in the future. Some Japanese graduates used it as a chance to find employment in Japanese restaurants overseas.
At the beginning, we only had private lessons. However, the response was so much better than we expected. Hence, in 2010, we started the sushi course(now Authentic Sushi Course) in 2010 and our students included foreigners outside Japan.
However, one problem still remains and that is many Japanese chefs could not speak English fluently and hence they are reluctant to go abroad to work. However, in recent years, there is an overwhelming demand for Japanese restaurants in Asia. Many owners face the problem of looking for good sushi chefs, especially among the younger generation. We talked to some restaurant owners in Asia and they gave us feedback that it would be the best if there could be a program to train locals to be sushi chefs.
Therefore, we decided to open an overseas branch and Tokyo Sushi Academy Singapore was our top choice.