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Twelve years ago, following a short but eye-opening stint in prison, Mary Stallworth needed a new career. But because the restaurant business was all she knew, Stallworth worked to advance past the line.
Half Japanese and half African-American, she found a unique niche as the liaison between the sushi bar and the rest of the kitchen at Chen Chow Brasserie in Birmingham, Michigan. She picked up skills, first making rolls for family meals, then training to help put out large orders. Just as she began to feel she had found her calling in the world of rice, fish, and seaweed, the sushi chef left.
And the new hire—a big gun out of Japan—refused to have a woman at his sushi bar.
Kate Koo, chef and owner of the lauded Zilla Sake in Portland, Oregon, also suspected bias when, multiple times, she responded to for a sushi chef, only to arrive and be told that serving and hostessing positions were all that were available. In Japan, discrimination against female sushi chefs is, unfortunately, all but taken for granted. In the U. But many will not take on women as trainees, which is one of the few ways to learn the art.
Like Stallworth, Kmitta, and Koo, few women set out to be sushi chefs, and the very few who do make it have largely fallen into it. Koo, who is of Korean heritage, and Stallworth, who feels her looks belie her African-American half, each say that appearing Japanese may have made customers more accepting.
But they believe their gender has still made things more difficult. Stallworth realized that one way to get more women into making sushi was to train them herself.
She started a female-run Detroit sushi pop-up and catering business, Geisha Girls, last year. Koo similarly wants to use her restaurant to train the next generation of women sushi chefs.
Aubrie LeGault. Aubrie Legault Kate Koo, chef and owner of the lauded Zilla Sake in Portland, Oregon, also suspected bias when, multiple times, she responded to for a sushi chef, only to arrive and be told that serving and hostessing positions were all that were available. Sashimi Moriawase Aubrie LeGault In Japan, discrimination against female sushi chefs is, unfortunately, all but taken for granted.
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