aka Koji Kagawa, Corporate Sushi Chef, SUSHISAMBA
thumbs up: watching the waves (I’m a surfer), strawberries in Japan, being able to look up and see the Empire State building when I’m playing soccer at night, hip hop and breakdancing, a long drive straight down the middle of the fairway
thumbs down: cold water, smelly fish, when my computer freezes, over-sized portions of food (especially meat), still getting carded when I’m buying beer
SUSHISAMBA seniority = 10 years; worked at almost every location
favorite dish: Moqueca (but w/o clams because of my allergies)
fresh muddled caipirinhas: the best
aka Brian Nasajon, Chef de Cuisine, SUSHISAMBA dromo
thumbs up: sleeping in, venti iced coffees, sharp knives, auxiliary cables, tax returns, water from glass bottles, being a non-smoker
thumbs down: over-salting, season finales, S.O.S – ers, throwing away favorite-but-clearly-old-shoes, being hungry, losing my phone charger…and my hair
part of the team since 2011
favorite samba dish: Moqueca
favorite samba cocktail: Chu-Cumber
aka Michelle Duran, Pastry Chef, SUSHISAMBA nyc
thumbs up: Central Park after it snows, my grandmother’s cooking, margaritas on a hot day… actually… any time!, working with cool people, apple pie with the perfect amount of crust
thumbs down: car alarms, rude people, touching cornstarch, ovens that don’t work, people who chew with their mouth open
At SS nyc locations since October 2010
Favorite dish: Kobe Beef Gyozas
Creator of the White Chocolate Semifreddo with Wasabi-Green Apple Sorbet
aka John Um, Executive Sushi Chef , SUSHISAMBA strip
thumbs up: SUSHI!!!, ramen, high top shoes, Red Bull, almost anything that is sweet, Diesel jeans, one-or-two-day-quick-get-away-trips on a tight schedule, cold weather, rave music, being busy
thumbs down: spicy food, buffets and all-you-can-eat restaurants, 86s, cats, cigarettes, small economy airplane seats
Favorite Dish: Tuna Tiradito & Tuna Seviche (I just cannot pick one…)
Favorite Drink: Bartender’s Choice
aka Jill Montinola, Regional Pastry Chef, SUSHISAMBA dromo and SUGARCANE raw bar grill
thumbs up: good lemon anything, wine, the beach, my mom’s cooking, my four legged ‘dog-hters’, pork anything, productive days, yoga, Asia
thumbs down: dull knives, disorganized stations, disorganized brains, extreme heat, calling in sick, not being with my family
Been with the samba family for years now! Joined the SUGARCANE team in 2011.
Favorite dish: Hamapeno, yum!
Favorite drink: The Lemon Samurai, hands down.
aka Meredith Boyle, Corporate Culinary Manager, SUSHISAMBA
thumbs up: park benches in autumn, contemporary art, Royal Dandies, dance offs, old school manners, snowstorms like whoa, Borges’ Ficciones, Stag’s Leap, grizzly bears, that 3:49 a.m. creative calling
thumbs down: socks with sandals, sticky hands, cigarettes, just missing the subway, pigeons, bad breath, bad kissers, and especially, bad news
Joined the team as Marketing Manager in ‘08; Moved onto the Culinary Team in 2010. love.my.job.
Favorite dish: Steamed Scallop Dumplings with yuzu kosho butter.. mmmm….
Record change from high heels to Crocs in the kitchen: 8.2 seconds