2018-10-11 / Upcoming Events

Bay Voyage chef rolls out sushi class

BY TIM RIEL


Students will learn culinary creations like these sushi rolls, which were prepared by Bay Voyage chef Nino El Gheryany. He is hosting a sushi class Monday night. Students will learn culinary creations like these sushi rolls, which were prepared by Bay Voyage chef Nino El Gheryany. He is hosting a sushi class Monday night. A Super Bowl champion, a Tony Award winner and the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air have eaten his sushi, now Jamestowners will get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation process.

Nino El Gheryany, an Egyptian native who honed his craft in Japan, will host a sushi workshop from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Bay Voyage, 150 Narragansett Ave.

Passionately speaking about the method like it’s his firstborn child, the Johnson & Wales grad said his class will leave no stone unturned, from choosing the right fish to microwaving the leftovers.

“It’s not just fun, it’s amazing,” said El Gheryany, who joined the Bay Voyage staff in 2017 after a distinguished career at 10 Prime Steak & Sushi in Providence. “If you’re having a party with 10 friends, what better way to surprise them than making sushi right in front of them?”

Born in Alexandria, El Gheryany was introduced to the culinary world as a child when he began working for a charitable foundation that was established in Egypt during wartime with Israel. He was 16 when he discovered Japanese cooking, eventually securing a three-month visa so he could experience sushi in its birthplace. He returned following school to train more extensively.

“I loved it so much,” he said. “I cannot give enough credit to that country.”

Since El Gheryany arrived stateside in 1998, Will Smith, Liza Minelli, Robin Williams, Jessica Simpson and Teddy Bruschi are among the celebrities to eat his sushi dishes.

El Gheryany, who speaks English, French, Arabic, Japanese and Italian, said his workshop will include tips from preparing the rice with vinegar to spinning the rolls.

“The different temperatures between the vinegar and the hot rice is what makes it sticky,” he said.

Avocado, cucumber, crab meat, salmon roe, tuna and shrimp tempura will make appearances during the workshop. “All these things are what makes sushi unbelievable,” he said.

El Gheryany will begin with a demonstration, which will result in a platter of sushi for his class. Wine will be served alongside his dishes. Then his students will try rolling for themselves.

“I’ll teach them an easy way,” he said.

Students can enroll in the class, which costs $40 per person, by calling 560-7979. El Gheryany hopes Monday’s workshop is a hit, which will pave the way for classes throughout the offseason. That way, students with trouble will be invited back to perfect the process.

“Jamestown is a great spot for sushi,” he said. “I want to put us on the map.”

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