Sushi chef Sun Choe was born in South Korea in 1963 and came to America on New Year's Eve in 1974, when he was only eleven years old. For the next eleven years in Honolulu, Hawaii, Sun earned his diploma at McKinly High School and worked his way up the ladder in his first job at Sato's Japanese restaurant in Waikiki, working there for five years.
In 1985, Sun left the island and went to California and got a job at the Hoban Korean-Japanese restaurant as assistant sushi chef. It was very exciting and demanding at the same time due to the volume of people and food. He loved the hard work and training that came with the position. After working a full year and earning more and more experience by the day, Sun had a job opportunity he couldn't pass up.
In 1986, Sun came to Miami, Florida and began working at the Samurai Japanese restaurant as the assistant manager and chef. One of the tasks he was expected to do was make sure the guests were satisfied and happy with the dine-in and take-out orders, which is what he loves about his job - taking great satisfaction in his customers being happy with his food.
In 1992, hurricane Andrew forced Sun to look for another job which landed him at Sushin Japanese Restaurant, Inc. The owner of that particular restaurant was the first man to ever open a sushi restaurant in Miami in 1979. Sun felt blessed to be working under someone's expertise with creating the finest sushi. The key to making beautiful and delicious sushi, Sun learned, was to be passionate and use the freshest fish. But, all good things had to end when the restaurant sold in 2000.
After working in Arkansas for a year and a half at the Asahi Japanese restaurant, fate landed him in Cape Coral. In June 2002, Sun impressed Mr. Tony so much at the Amimoto Japanese restaurant in Punta Gorda that he was given the freedom to express himself, and to be creative and passionate when making sushi. As fate had it, this was also the place where Sun met his wife and they now have a beautiful three year-old girl.
When one is passionate about their job, it takes them to higher ground time and time again. Sun Choe knows that first hand when he makes the finest sushi for others to enjoy.