An Open Letter to Bigot Diners
September 5, 2013 8:07 AM Subscribe
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"Why yes, we do have a female sushi chef. She also happens to be Caucasian. Her name is Mariah Kmitta, and we are blessed to have her behind our sushi bar." Sushi chef Hajime Sato of Mashiko
in Seattle responds to customers who find a non-Japanese sushi chef distasteful with "An Open Letter to Bigot Diners"
. The opinion is not universally accepted. Slate author LV Anderson wonders
, "does raising your eyebrows at a white sushi chef really make you a bigot?"
Sato is not one to mince words - the URL for Mashiko should tell you that quickly: www.sushiwhore.com. He's also not one to follow popular opinion; for instance, Mashiko only serves sustainable seafood, so there is no bluefin tuna on the menu. He's hired more than one Caucasian chef - one is named Blayne and Sato describes him as “a white guy with a Mohawk
, and he can make sushi. It’s not about gender, it’s not about color; it’s about the skill.” At least a few diners disagree - Yelp user Vivi Y says "Yet, when I scanned across the restaurant, all the waiters and chefs seem to be non-Asian...Immediately my friend and I exchanged a look - this wouldn't be as authentic as the reviews have suggested.
In case you aren't a huge fan of sushi, you could always consider Sato's other restaurant - Katsu Burger - home of the Mt Fuji Mega Burger.