line up.


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

SS stats:
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

Claudio pic for Ingredient


aka Claudio Cardoso, Executive Chef, SUSHISAMBA London

thumbs up: sharp knife

thumbs down: if my phone’s battery is flat

SS stats: 
At the helm of SUSHISAMBA London location for 1 year and 5 months.
Favorite dish: Moqueca Mista
Favorite Drink: Yuzu Fizz (London)


Big John

aka John Um, Regional Corporate Sushi Chef, SUSHISAMBA Las Vegas
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

SS stats: 
Favorite Dish: Tuna Tiradito & Tuna Seviche (I just cannot pick one…)

Favorite Drink: Bartender’s Choice


aka David Sears, Executive Chef, SUSHISAMBA Coral Gbales

thumbs up: late-night Korean BBQ houses with family and friends

thumbs down: lack of integrity

SS stats:
Been with the SAMBA family for 9 months as of August 21st.
Favorite dish: Moqueca Mista
Favorite drink: Chucumber


Pedro - spotlight


aka Pedro Duarte, Executive Chef, SUSHISAMBA NYC West Village

thumbs up: My mom’s cooking

thumbs down: Not being with my family

SS stats:
Been with the SAMBA family for over a year
Favorite dish: Seviche Classico
Favorite drink: Pisco Sour




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

SS stats:
Joined the team as Marketing Manager in ‘08; Moved onto the Culinary Team in 2010.
Favorite dish: Steamed Scallop Dumplings with yuzu kosho butter.. mmmm….
Record change from high heels to Crocs in the kitchen: 8.2 seconds

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