I'm not making art, I'm making sushi

— Masaharu Morimoto

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Ramen is a dish that's very high in calories and sodium.

One way to make it slightly healthier is to leave the soup and just eat the noodles.


I've been making sushi for 38 years, and I'm still learning.

You have to consider the size and color of the ingredients, how much salt and vinegar to use and how the seasons affect the fattiness of the fish.


New York is my, you know, second hometown.


When I was a kid, I have two dreams. I want to be a baseball player. Hometown, Hiroshima, has a Japanese baseball franchise team called Hiroshima Carps. You know, and then I want to be a sushi chef. I want to make own restaurant - sushi restaurant.


Right after I graduated high school, I joined a sushi restaurant to learn how to make Japanese food. And then spent seven years. Then that time - that's enough. Then sushi restaurant - butchering fish and they make your body smell like fishy.


Japanese chefs believe our soul goes into our knives once we start using them.

You wouldn't put your soul in a dishwasher!


No rules. Don't be afraid to do whatever you want. Cooking doesn't have to have rules. I don't like it that way.


Culture and tradition have to change little by little.

So 'new' means a little twist, a marriage of Japanese technique with French ingredients. My technique. Indian food, Korean food; I put Italian mozzarella cheese with sashimi. I don't think 'new new new.' I'm not a genius. A little twist.


On behalf of my native Japan, I am grateful to the culinary community and hospitality industry for working together to raise much-needed funds to aid the tsunami and earthquake victims.


Just ask the local people for the best food. Don't rely on a guidebook.


I dont eat anything on an airplane.


I always have dashi in my refrigerator—it's the almighty Japanese ingredient.


About Masaharu Morimoto

Quotes 16 sayings
Profession Chef
Birthday May 26, 1955

When I'm on the road, I wake up early and walk a lot.

I'm very healthy. But when I come back home, I am more tempted by guilty pleasures, such as eating too many sweets and sleeping a lot.


You wouldn't put your soul in a dishwasher!


Cook more often. Don't study; just cook.