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Zoë Escher

Sushi, Japanese food, teaching, teambuilding, speaker, writer, self-improvement

I am 42 years old adopted from Sri Lanka and I am living in Copenhagen in Denmark.Sushi chef, Sake Sommelier, teacher, speaker, and author specializing in authentic Japanese sushi and Japanese cuisine, and in creating the life you dream of. Ever since I was in my 20s, I have had a huge passion for Japan and Japanese cuisine.

For many years, I have practiced the martial arts of kendo (Japanese sword fencing) at elite level. My kendo coach and mentor today is Nobuo Hirakawa, who is very famous in Japan for his ability to hand-pick talents and develop them into the best kendo players in the world.

In 2004, I traveled to Japan where I was on a training camp in Tokyo. After training, I was invited to dinner with the teachers at one of the many good sushi restaurants. – It was an eye-opener. Japanese sushi has much more taste, and typically, Japanese sushi restaurants have 20 different kinds of fish on their menu.

In 2005, my knee was injured, so unfortunately, I had to give up practicing kendo. But my joy of the beautiful country and culture of Japan and my enthusiasm for Japanese cuisine remained unchanged.

In 2006, I traveled to Los Angeles where I was trained to become a sushi chef and Sake Sommelier at the California Sushi Academy. As part of the training, I also learned to make many different, traditional Japanese dishes. – The course was led by the highly acclaimed Japanese director Toshi Sugiura, who is also a celebrity chef in Hollywood and a judge at sushi competitions in Japan.
During my stay in Los Angeles, I made catering at celebrities’ houses in Bel Air, Beverly Hills, and Brentwood, as well as at film companies in Hollywood.

My delight of Japanese cuisine and sushi has meant that since 2004, I have traveled to Japan almost every year to be inspired, learn new techniques, and broaden my horizons within Japanese gastronomy. – In addition, it is also a nice opportunity to visit Japanese friends and instructors and train kendo kata.

Since I graduated as…

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