On November 2, the crowd in the Pike Place Market’s Atrium Kitchen waited patiently for legendary sushi chef Shiro Kashiba to demonstrate sushi preparation and technique. The event was free to the public but limited to the first 200. In order to be guaranteed a seat at the event, attendees were encouraged to buy Shiro’s memoir, Shiro: Wit, Wisdom and Recipes from a Sushi Pioneer. Local Seattleites may recall Shiro from Shiro’s in Belltown, but Shiro has not had any interest in the restaurant since April 2014. However, Shiro confirmed he was still looking for a good location to open a sushi restaurant. The live demonstration included a tasting of albacore tuna, matsutake mushroom broth, Japanese green tea from the The Perennial Tea Room, and fresh persimmon.
During the sushi preparation, Shiro entertained the audience with a question-and-answer session. The demo was followed by a book signing and photographs. (end)