Nobu's first female head chef reveals diners should use their hands to eat sushi

Chopsticks? You’ve been eating sushi all wrong, says Nobu’s first female head chef – as she reveals diners should use their hands Sushi master Eleni Manousou says diners should pick up sushi with their fingers Diners should not pair wasabi with sushi as it overpowers the flavour of the fish  Best way to eat sushi is to dip fish side into the soy sauce and eat it upside down

By Max Aitchison For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 00:58 BST, 11 October 2020 | Updated: 01:28 BST, 11 October 2020

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They seem to be designed perfectly for dunking sushi rolls in soy sauce. But chopsticks should never be used to eat the Japanese cuisine, a world-renowned sushi master has revealed.

Eleni Manousou, the first female head chef at the famous Nobu chain, has revealed that diners should pick up sushi with their hands.

The Greek-raised chef, who runs celebrity hotspot Nobu Marbella, which is part-owned by actor Robert De Niro, also revealed that she goes easy on the soy sauce – and rarely touches wasabi.

Eleni Manousou, (pictured) the first female head chef at the famous Nobu chain, has revealed that diners should pick up sushi with their hands

Eleni Manousou, (pictured) the first female head chef at the famous Nobu chain, has revealed that diners should pick up sushi with their hands

‘In my opinion, you need to eat sushi with your hands,’ said Ms Manousou. ‘It needs to be fast – as soon as the sushi is served, you want to eat it. 

'I dip the fish side into the soy sauce and eat it upside down – with the fish touching my tongue.’

She also revealed that she almost never pairs wasabi with sushi, as it overpowers the flavour of the fish.

‘I’d advise pairing sushi with soy sauce, but only a small amount,’ she added. 

‘I have seen people submerge their sushi in soy sauce, which is wrong – they’ll miss the harmonious taste

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