The Romanian team at the World Sushi Cup, under the guidance of the ZenSushi team, won first place in the “Creative Sushi Open Competition” category.
At the same time, the Romanian team also took 3rd place in the general ranking and the special prize “Yamasa Soy Sauce” at the World Sushi Competition in Tokyo, held between January 18-20, 2024.
Sorin Zaharia won 1st place in the “Creative Sushi Open Competition” category, occupying the 3rd place in the general ranking.
I look back on it with modesty. I want to thank those who congratulated me on my effort. In particular, I am grateful for the constant support of my team and the essential support provided by the organizers in running the event.Sorin Zaharia on his performance at the World Sushi Cup in Japan
I mainly mention my mentor in the team, to whom I dedicate my deep appreciation. Without his guidance and wisdom, this feat would not have been possible.
The experience was truly unique, with moments of uncertainty and joy. However, my most valuable memory was making genuine friends with sushi enthusiasts from all over the world. Regardless of the place taken, these human connections were the real treasure of the competition.
I humbly admit that there is always room for improvement. I am committed to continuing to learn and develop in the art of sushi, making valuable contributions to the field in our country. This experience motivates me to reach new heights and evolve in this wonderful culinary journey.
Andrei Zaharia received the “Yamasa Soy Sauce” special award. Iulian Constantin obtained the second Dan certification that attests to high knowledge in the classical style of preparation of Japanese cuisine EDO-MAE and received the honorary distinction of GoodWill Ambassador in Romania, granted by the Ministry of Agriculture of Japan.
By tradition, the “dan” grading system is correlated with expanding knowledge, perfecting techniques and developing a grounded understanding of the specific art.