Melanie Van Kort, Sushi Girl, Rolls Along
|Preparing salmon for sushi|
So, it's Valentine's night in a Missouri college town.
At a local sushi restaurant, the chef walks out on his job.
The tall blonde waitress convinces the Chinese owner to train her to take over. Sounds like the set up for a politically incorrect joke, right?
Wrong. It's how Melanie Van Kort started her journey to become sushigirl.
|Melanie Van Kort|
Van Kort has worked in sushi establishments here in the Valley as well as in Missouri. She is currently getting that piece of paper, to make her legit, in the Culinary Arts program at Mesa Community College, as well
|Desert Bloom Sushi|
Sushigirl grew up a vegetarian Kansas (vegetarian in Kansas? We know, sounds like the start of another joke) with Mom and Grandma cultivating their edible gardens. Later, her sushi crush influenced the addition of fish to her diet. A commitment to clean and sustainable fish sources sets her apart from your typical sushi maker. There are fish she will not use, which actually adds creativity to her repertoire as she finds clean, sustainable substitutes.