Yamamoto is a Japanese food writer who has published several restaurant guidebooks and visited every sushi, soba, tempura and eel restaurant in Tokyo. He’s most famous for an appearance in the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi, where he outlined the five characteristics of a great chef.

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1) Work Ethic

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“Great chefs take their work very seriously, and consistently perform on the highest level.” – Yamamoto

2) Self-Improvement

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“Great chefs aspire to improve their skills.” – Yamamoto

3) Cleanliness

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“If the restaurant doesn’t feel clean, the food isn’t going to taste good.” – Yamamoto

4) Impatience

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“They are better leaders than collaborators. They’re stubborn and insist on having it their way.” – Yamamoto

5) Passion

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“You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. Dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success, and is the key to being regarded honorably.” – Jiro

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is currently available on Netflix streaming and or click here to purchase on Amazon.

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