Sushi Classics with Peruvian Elements
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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 was opening his own ingredient-driven sushi concept, Itamae, in St. Roch Market Miami in early 2018. Itamae features classics of nigiri and sashimi, as well as specialty maki, which is a nod 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.