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“When I was 19 years old, I decided to move to the U.S. I really wanted to be like one of the members of Guns N’ Roses…I was told the best way to live in the United States was to be a sushi chef.”

Chef Takeshi Sato’s career in sushi is quite the paradox, first started in Japan 25 years ago as path to NYC. What began as a means to remain in America to pursue a dream in rock n’ roll and professional boxing became a lifelong dedication to the art of sushi-making. While his life outside the kitchen involved heavy metal and dodging haymakers, he was also perfecting his craft under the chefs in NY and Japan’s top sushi spots, including Hatsuhana, Sushi Dojo, Sushi by Bou, and Nare. Finally, Chef Takeshi is getting his chance to create his own take on the omakase.

To read Takeshi’s full story, click here.