As a Chinese Peruvian, Fernando Chang is an unlikely candidate to be a renowned sushi chef, but over the years, he has worked his way up in Miami's restaurant ranks to become exactly that. His next step is opening his own ingredient-driven sushi concept, Itamae, in St. Roch Market Miami. Itamae will feature classics of nigiri and sashimi, as well as specialty maki, which nods to his Peruvian heritage with the inclusion of elements like guava and aji amarillo.
After moving to Miami to escape Peru’s struggling economy, Fernando began his career as a busser at a Japanese restaurant. Over the following years, he moved around Miami’s sushi scene, learning and perfecting his craft. His journey led him to a role as a Kosher sushi chef for Thai Treat, and then to open his own establishment, 26 Sushi & Tapas. Most recently, he hosted a successful pop-up in Brickell, Nisei, which featured a menu strongly influenced by his Peruvian background and his Japanese culinary training.