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Italy: Anyone for shoeshi? Meet the sushi chef turning Japanese fish bits into Adidashimi02:21

Italy: Anyone for shoeshi? Meet the sushi chef turning Japanese fish bits into Adidashimi

Italy, Milan
May 6, 2017 at 15:15 GMT -00:00 · Published

As the trend of sushi bars continues to grip Europe’s fickle gourmets and hungry hipsters, many a restaurant owner has attempted to answer one question; how can we keep the fashionable Japanese fish dish in mode? Milan-based chef Yujia Hu may have come up with the answer, serving refined sushi in the shape of the latest trendy sneakers.

Showing off his skills from Sakana Sushi restaurant in Milan, Saturday, Hu could be seen designing a special Nike-themed sushi-sneakers, painstakingly sculpting rice and tuna into a brand new pair of fresh kicks.

Unlike the original manufacturers, Yujia Hu needs about 20 to 30 minutes to put the edible sneakers together.

Hu decided to diversify the restaurant's menu in a bid to draw more customers, turning the bite-sized edibles into interesting shapes. "The idea of sushi-shaped shoes has been an evolution of what I did before," Hu stated.

A big fan of basketball culture, the chef also decorates his dishes with effigies of famous basketball players.

Following the publication of photos presenting Hu’s niche work to a wider audience, the hype around his onigiri pieces exploded, reportedly boosting his number of Instagram followers from 1,400 to 6,000.

Italy: Anyone for shoeshi? Meet the sushi chef turning Japanese fish bits into Adidashimi02:21
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As the trend of sushi bars continues to grip Europe’s fickle gourmets and hungry hipsters, many a restaurant owner has attempted to answer one question; how can we keep the fashionable Japanese fish dish in mode? Milan-based chef Yujia Hu may have come up with the answer, serving refined sushi in the shape of the latest trendy sneakers.

Showing off his skills from Sakana Sushi restaurant in Milan, Saturday, Hu could be seen designing a special Nike-themed sushi-sneakers, painstakingly sculpting rice and tuna into a brand new pair of fresh kicks.

Unlike the original manufacturers, Yujia Hu needs about 20 to 30 minutes to put the edible sneakers together.

Hu decided to diversify the restaurant's menu in a bid to draw more customers, turning the bite-sized edibles into interesting shapes. "The idea of sushi-shaped shoes has been an evolution of what I did before," Hu stated.

A big fan of basketball culture, the chef also decorates his dishes with effigies of famous basketball players.

Following the publication of photos presenting Hu’s niche work to a wider audience, the hype around his onigiri pieces exploded, reportedly boosting his number of Instagram followers from 1,400 to 6,000.

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