The Japanese Government has officially declared him as a living “national treasure”, but at 90 years old, Jiro Ono is still seeking that one further step to perfection.
For those unaware, Ono is a Japanese sushi chef and owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a three-Micheline-starred sushi restaurant. He’s been hailed as the greatest sushi craftsman alive.
Ono has been the star of the critically-acclaimed 2011 documentary, “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”, in which Ono’s passions and drive for improvement while living in a continuously repetitive world are explored by director David Gelb.
In a sit down with famed Danish chef René Redzepi, who himself co-owns a two-Michelin star restaurant, Ono shares his view with Redzepi on his love for his work, what it means to be a master, and his wish to work until the next Tokyo Olympics.
The concepts he mentions aren’t just applicable to the culinary world, but ideas that can be applied to whichever industry you work in.