Mutual Trading offers Sushi chef training and Sake education and certification for foodservice professionals. With its quick and widespread popularity, the Japanese food industry is now facing an acute shortage of skilled chefs and servers. This jeopardizes not only cultural and culinary integrity, but brings up important issues such as food safety and overall industry reputation. As Sushi and Japanese food businesses continue to expand further away from the Motherland, what is truly Japanese is becoming lost along the way. And there is no organized program in Japan that’s currently poised to fill the gap created in the international market.

Miyako Sushi & Washoku School…
Sake School of America…


Miyako Sushi & Washoku School…

…is an education and training center to train the best Sushi chefs to carry on the art of Sushi cuisine worldwide. Located in the commercial district off Downtown Los Angeles, the facility is appointed with professional equipment, stations, and tools found in typical Japanese restaurant kitchen environments. Under the direction of Principal and Executive Instructor Katsuya Uechi, Miyako Sushi & Washoku School provides several courses for various student profiles, from avid cooking enthusiasts, Sushi chef trainees, to the already experienced career chefs. Katsuya elaborates the training process through his own trying experience as chef and shares his own passionate philosophy.


MIYAKO SUSHI & WASHOKU SCHOOL offers several types of classes to suit a variety of student needs

  • Basic Coursea starter course covering and in depth study on the essentials of preparing, presenting, and serving rolled Sushi, Nigiri Sushi and Sashimi, as well as principles on a wide range of traditional Japanese dishes.
  • Advanced Coursea professional career track for aspiring Sushi chefs, and intensive immersion course covering the entire spectrum of traditional Japanese cuisine, modern rolls, fusion dishes as well as restaurant business management.
  • One Day Coursea day to learn to make and serve Sushi for family and friends, a fun course to take as a group with friends. Great team building activity.
  • Five Days Course
    customized for the very motivated home cooking enthusiast, or a practicing chef who’d like to learn Sushi making. For the serious high achiever to challenge something new – not an ordinary cooking course.

For more information, please contact Miyako Sushi & Washoku School at information below.

843 East Fourth Street Los Angeles, CA 90013 USA
tel: 213.617.8090




Sake School of America…

…is the largest Sake education and certification school in the USA, specializing in Sake, Shochu, and Japanese liquors, for Sake professionals and enthusiasts, to expand knowledge and to explore further enjoyment of the category.


With the expansion of the Japanese food industry, customer service is becoming key in maintaining sound business base. The liquor line can be a particular category of distinction, presenting opportunity for unique customer propositions. One knowledgeable Sake professional on staff can convert wine aficionados into Sake followers. This is true for Western distilled liquors fans into Shochu, and American beer drinkers into Japan’s micro-brews. Most importantly, liquor sales can turn in high profits.

SAKE SCHOOL OF AMERICA (SSA) aims toward fostering higher appreciation, as well as memorable drinking and dining experiences. Fully committed in educating trade professionals and enthusiasts alike, SSA promotes Japan’s unique liquor culture in faraway countries at the same level of understanding and of
enjoyment as is in its homeland of Japan. This is a part of a larger vision aiming to ensure dissemination of traditional and true Japanese food culture to the world, and into the future.

Instructor and Master Sake Sommelier Toshio Ueno, instruction by Master Sake Sommelier Ami Nakanishi, Timothy Sullivan Sake Sommelier, Takao Matsukawa Sake Sommelier and Latin Region
Specialist, and others. Classes run regularly on the East and West Coasts. SSA is accredited by Sake Service Institute, the largest organized body for Sake sommelier certification in Japan.


  • Certified Sake Adviser
  • Certified Sake Sommelier
  • Shochu Specialist
  • Beer Adviser
  • Professional Server Training

  • Menu Planning
  • Food Pairing
  • Server Training
  • Customized Consulting
  • Sommelier & Wine/Sake competitions


For more information, please contact Sake School of America at information below.

431 Crocker St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
tel: 213-830-9557