Kochfreunde.com is the culinary magazine of Oliver Wagner. Here, everything revolves around the almost most beautiful thing in the world: good food. The focus ranges from reports on exciting restaurants to recipes from his own kitchen, cookbooks and culinary gadgets.


Kochfreunde.com ist das kulinarisches Magazin von Oliver Wagner. Hier dreht sich alles rund um die beinahe schönste Sache der Welt: Gutes Essen. Dabei reicht der Fokus von Berichten über spannende Restaurants bis hin zu Rezepten aus der eigenen Küche, Kochbücher und kulinarische Gadgets.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

A wonderful film, on so many levels. And a big miss to have seen him only recently.

David Gelb tells the story of Jiro Ono, the 85-year-old grand master of sushi and his 3 Michelin starred restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo.

Yet the film is much more than a portrait of Jiro’s unprecedented perfection. It is also a family story, a tale of the slow handover of the restaurant to his older son Yoshikazu and the emancipation of his younger son Takashi, who runs his own restaurant in exactly the same tradition.

In addition, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is also a picture about the love for one’s profession, Jiro’s great desire to become a little bit better every day. For 70 years now, day after day, always following the same procedure.

Once you decide on your occupation… you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success… and is the key to being regarded honorably.

His perfection is evident not only in the selection of products (only the best fish, the best rice, no matter how elaborate its preparation), their preparation (it turned out that an octopus massaged for 60 minutes becomes slightly more tender than if massaged for only 30 minutes), the great craft, but also the always unobtrusive observation of his guests. Thus, the sushi are always imperceptibly and only marginally adjusted to the size, gender and appetite of the guest, so that all 10 people dining in parallel remain in the same rhythm. If Jiro recognizes a left-handed person, the sushi will be served to him the other way around in the future.

Significantly, David Gelb originally wanted to make a much more general film about the art of sushi, but was so fascinated by Jiro and his story that he changed his mind during filming and went into sukiyabashi alone. Fortunately.

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