Madame Saito, the owner and proprietor of the HeadHouse Cafe, will present the Subaru Sushi Samurai of the Year Competition in the Sushi Tent at 12:30 PM on Sakura Sunday. The competition will start in the sushi tent from 12:30 to 1:15 PM, followed by judging from 1:15 to 2:00 PM. Contestants should arrive at the tent by 12:00 PM. The award ceremony and presentation will follow the competition at 3:00 PM on the Main Stage. Madame Saito will crown the winner by presenting the trophy on-stage. Participants will also be congratulated with certificates distributed on-stage. Contestant fee is $100 per person, including one prior training class. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 215-922-2515.
Madame Saito has over 30 years of experience teaching others how to make sushi. She began teaching shortly after moving to Philadelphia with her husband in 1981, whereupon she opened Asakura, an authentic sushi bar located in Upper Darby. Since 1985, she has operated Tokio HeadHouse at 122 Lombard Street. She has taught sushi classes at her own restaurant, located at Temple University’s Center City campus (where she received an honorary doctorate in education), at the University of Pennsylvania, and for many groups and organizations, including United Airlines.
As part of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, she offers sushi-making workshops designed with the beginner in mind. Over the course of her three-hour class, students learn how to make simple maki roles with authentic ingredients. Afterward, students can also decide if they’d like to compete in the annual Amateur Sushi Making Contest on April 12th at 6:30 PM at Tokio Headhouse.