When sushi - and women - go avant-garde
How does one become a female sushi chef? Historically, such women are rare — their hands too warm to handle the sushi rice, they said. Times have changed and with those changes we see more and more women in the role of sushi chef. Meet Chef Cat.
Cat is a sushi chef at her family’s restaurant — Osaka Sushi and Grill in Lafayette, Louisiana where she is more than simply a female sushi chef. She pushes her work to be creatively different. Have you ever heard of a sushi burrito or a sushi donut? While sushi is considered an Asian dish, Chef Cat infuses the Southern Cajun flavors into her sushi. She takes comfort food to a new place by often adding her own twist — a mountain of luxurious, perfectly-placed sashimi.
Growing up, Chef Cat admired her father Mr. Lee. Like a sponge, she soaked up the tradition, hard work, and expectations of her father. As I watched her creating her dish and carefully garnishing each plate, I noticed the care behind each fresh dish. She is simply quite an artist.