You know the end result—that craveable concoction of gloriously fresh seafood, perfectly sticky rice, a healthy dose of umami and what we’re pretty sure is just, like, magic. Well, as it turns out, it’s not magic. (At least not quite.) Instead, it’s skill and dedication and high-quality ingredients. And if that sounds even more daunting, don’t worry: All it takes is an afternoon and a good teacher, like these three in Little Rock. Now where’s that wasabi?
When: Sundays from 1-3 p.m.
Tuition: $69, registration required
Taught by the restaurant’s head chef, each class is limited to two to three people so everyone gets the one-on-one attention they deserve. And even though the number of rolls you make depends entirely on how quickly you learn, you can expect to take home more than enough to cover the cost of admission. (10301 N. Rodney Parham Road; mtfujirestaurant.net)
Birmingham Sushi Class at Stone’s Throw Brewing
When: May 23, 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $40, registration required
From where to source fresh fish to how to prepare savory sauces like YumYum, eel, and spicy mayo, you’ll leave this class armed with everything you need to know for the perfect roll. And just in case you’re prone to forgetfulness, this visiting Birmingham, Alabama-based chef sends you out the door with a cheat sheet of recipes, tips and tricks. (402 E. 9th St.; birminghamsushiclasses.com)
When: Saturdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuition: $50, registration required (minimum of four students)
Just as there is a difference between the grub at that hip new burger joint and the burgers you whip up on the backyard grill, Chef Kiyen will teach you the art of homestyle sushi. He guarantees after two hours you’ll leave with the skills necessary to surpass anything you see being served up at your fancy grocer’s sushi stall. (1700 Chenal Parkway; kiyens.com)