Challenged by the UK’s Japanese Ambassador to cook a Japanese banquet for his distinguished guests, Rick Stein spends one week visiting Japan’s vibrant fish markets and island restaurants aiming to master the art of cooking fish – Japanese style.
Whenever Rick goes on one of his book signing tours people ask the same recurring question… what does he think about the seafood in Japan – surely the ultimate destination for serious lovers of fish? A couple of summers ago, during the filming of his TV series, ‘Food Heroes’, Rick was in a small boat off the Cornish coast catching loads of mackerel which he quickly turned into very tasty sashimi for every one on board. However when Mr. Nogami, the Japanese Ambassador and a big fan of Rick’s programs, saw it he was flabbergasted! Rick received a prompt invite to the Ambassador’s residence where he got to sample sashimi and other Japanese delicacies prepared by the Ambassador’s skilful chefs… And so the seeds were sown for Rick’s special trip to Japan to learn the art of Japanese cooking first hand. The challenge being, that on his return he’d have to prepare a Japanese banquet for the ambassador and his chums. Will Rick be able to learn enough to impress all at the banquet?