SushiMasters 2008


What do you get when you take six California sushi chefs and have them battle it out in a 45-minute winner-takes-all sushi brawl? 


The California Rice Commission held its fourth annual SushiMaster competition last night in Sacramento and it was a battle between chefs from Fresno, Hollywood, San Diego, San Francisco and Sacramento’s own Billy Ngo, chef/owner of Kru. A few months back, a few SacFoodies raved about Kru’s sushi (apparently the Ziggy roll reigns supreme according to SacFoodie palates), so we were definitely rooting on our hometown chef. However, his victory will come another day because this year’s SushiMaster is Chef Tomaharu Nakamura of Sanraku Four Seasons in San Francisco. I lived in San Francisco for five years, and for two of those years, walked by Sanraku Four Seasons every day, and never once went in.  Foolish, foolish me.

So Sacramentans, what’s your favorite sushi joint in the Capitol city? I’d have to say mine is Nishiki.  The Capitol and McHenry rolls are scrumptious!

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  • Jenna | Jun 11, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    I too must say Nishiki is my fave — it was also the first place I ever had raw sushi … and I fell in love, hard. However I know there are so many I still have yet to try! Can’t wait to see everyone’s suggestions.

  • Zokuga | Jun 15, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Nishiki’s has been a sentimental favorite for all the social occasions I’ve been there…and the Chow Bella roll is just the best, when it comes to sweet and salmon. But I think Mikuni lives up to its high price in terms of sushi quality…and Kru is always a great place for interesting, fresh fusion rolls.

  • Hank | Jun 24, 2008 at 10:07 am

    I’d have to say Blue Nami in Orangevale. Simple, classic AND they do a mean omakase.