Today, anybody with an interest in Japanese cooking can pop to their local supermarket and find most of the staple ingredients like dashi, soy sauce, udon noodles, sushi rice, mirin, and miso paste huddled together on their own shelf in the ‘World Cuisines’ section. Back when SushiSushi first started trading – way back in 2007 – this was rarely the case.
As one of the few suppliers specialising in this area, we soon developed a reputation for excellence and dedicated clientele that includes some of the finest professional chefs in the country. As East Asian ingredients have become more popular, those same chefs – several with Michelin stars to their name – continue to rely on us for their produce, knowing we can be trusted to deliver quality every time.
The company was founded by Stu Turner after returning to his native city of Sheffield following years spent in Australia and Asia. While living in Australia, he worked in a sushi bar and was captivated by the range of flavours, aromas, and textures to be found in this staple of Japanese cuisine.
When he came back to the North of England there was nothing like that to be found, much to his dismay. Since there was nothing around to satisfy his passion for Japanese cooking, he decided to do something about it himself.
The SushiSushi website started more as a blog for fellow sushi-lovers, providing information and recipes for creating authentic Japanese cuisine in your own home. Wondering if there was a market for Japanese ingredients and equipment in the UK, Stu purchased six sushi-making gadgets from a wholesaler and set-up a single sales page on the site. Those six simple devices sold out almost immediately, so Stu returned to the wholesaler to purchase more… and more… and more. Before long, he had bought and resold the entire stock of these gadgets and still more orders were coming in. With the wholesaler’s stocks depleted, Stu took the bold step of contacting the manufacturer directly, persuading them to let him act as a UK wholesaler. With an ample supply of the gadgets he began packaging them with sushi rice and nori purchased from local supermarkets, creating all-in-one sushi-making kits for his customers.
Ever since his first experience with that sushi-making gadget, Stu has continued to make direct contact with suppliers and producers across Japan.
He is a regular visitor to the country, seeking out the best and most interesting products to bring back for his UK customers.Our Suppliers
SushiSushi has always sold ingredients and equipment direct to the general public – to fellow Japanese cooking enthusiasts across the country. With a reputation for quality, Stu soon developed a relationship with some of the UK’s top chefs, supplying them with exciting Japanese ingredients to use in their dishes. At present, we supply four out of the UK’s seven three-Michelin-starred restaurants, eleven of its seventeen two-Michelin-starred restaurants, and a large number of one-Michelin-starred restaurants into the bargain.
Stu’s extensive knowledge of Japanese ingredients – particularly the more niche products – makes him the perfect guy to speak to for chef’s looking to create a particular flavour profile.
SushiSushi now boasts more than 1000 individual products in our online store. This ranges from everyday ingredients used in hundreds of Japanese dishes to premium food and drink products purchased almost exclusively by our clients working in world-class commercial kitchens. However specialised the ingredients or equipment, one thing unites them all – the quality.View Products
Supplying to restaurants of this level means it’s essential that every product offered by SushiSushi is of the highest quality, which is why a huge amount of time and effort goes into sourcing the finest ingredients Japan has to offer.
Stu usually travels to Japan three or four times a year looking for new products to stock in our online store and meet the producers in person. Stu attends trade shows to discover the latest trends in the Japanese food industry and to network with the hundreds of trade representatives at each event. He also works with the Japanese government to arrange travel to different regions in the country.
These regional visits are the most exciting for Stu as this is where the truly specialist ingredients can be found – ones that only come from a single farm, factory, or production centre in the country.Masterclass
Here at SushiSushi, we believe that everybody should have the opportunity to lay their hands on high-quality Japanese ingredients. At the same time, we understand how difficult that can be if you don’t know what to be on the look out for.
That’s where we come in.
Sourcing exceptional ingredients from some of the most well-established and respected companies in Japan is a labour of love for us. We do all the investigation and legwork so that you don’t have to. No wonder we are considered the go-to company for Japanese ingredients – not only by some of the UK’s world-class chefs, but also by home cooks looking to incorporate their unique flavours into their own dishes.View products
Japanese cooking is about more than just the food – it is an entire experience that requires the right accessories to appreciate fully. That’s why, in addition to supplying quality ingredients to our customers, we also stock Japanese knives, tableware, and kitchen equipment, all hand-picked to meet the same high standards as our food and drink products.Shop All
Sakai Takayuki TUS Petty Knife 120mm
Sakai Takayuki TUS Petty Knife 150mm
Sakai Takayuki TUS Chefs Knife 180mm
Sakai Takayuki TUS Chefs Knife 210mm
Sakai Takayuki TUS Sashimi Knife 240mm
Sakai Takayuki 33 Layers Damascus Petty Knife 150mm
Sakai Takayuki Traditional Damascus Petty Knife 150mm
Sakai Takayuki INOX Double Edged Petty knife 150mm
Sakai Takayuki INOX Boning knife 150mm
Sakai Takayuki Wooden Knife Rack for 3 Pieces
Sakai Takayuki Wooden Knife Rack - 6 Blades
Sakai Takayuki Oyster Opening knife 150mm
Sakai Takayuki Scallop Opening knife 200mm
Sakai Takayuki Boning Tweezers 120mm
Silky Kitchen Scissors (NKS-215)
Katsuobushi Bonito Slicer 240 x 100mm
Hasegawa Soft Cutting Board 410mm
Hasegawa Soft Cutting Board 600mm
King Whet Stone 800/6000
Hasegawa Cutting Board Scraper
Akamon DX Small 1000 Grit Japanese Sharpening Stone
Sakai Takayuki 33 Layered Damascus Cook's Knife 210mm
Sakai Takayuki 33 Layered Damascus Chefs Knife 180mm
Sakai Takayuki Traditional Damascus Chefs Knife 180mm
Sakai Takayuki 33 Layered Damascus Gyuto Knife 190mm
Today, Stu and the team continue to seek out the very best in Japanese ingredients and equipment, forging strong links with our suppliers in Japan. We are always looking to introduce new products, tastes, and textures to British palates and to give our customers the chance to experience real Japanese food from real Japanese producers.Create an account