Sushi School for Mini Ninjas (yes really!)

If I had told my children we were going to handle and eat raw fish as a fun afternoon, I have no doubt they would have run off screaming to hide in the garden!  Kaitlin, manager at YO! Sushi in Chester had kindly invited me and five Mumsnet Cheshire families to try out a YO! Sushi Mini Ninja party, so I only told them in the car on the way (sneaky).

Mini Ninja's ready to Sushi!
Mini Ninja’s ready to Sushi!
Kieran and Simon from YO! Sushi Chester

It was a wet and windy day in Chester but as soon as you step into the burst of colour and fun that is YO! Sushi we all became excited about what we were about to do  Greeted by Kaitlin and Kieren who showed us to our table and kitted out the children in chef’s hats and gloves, we were all set.  Chef Simon started to tell the children all about sushi, what is was, where it came from, what the various types are called and made of.


Were the children, who were aged from 5 – 12 interested?  Yes!   After rubbing their gloved hands in oil to stop the rice sticking we started to make sushi including ninjamaki, nigiri and gunkan.  I’ve eaten a lot of sushi over the years but had no idea what they were all called and I enjoyed myself.  Watching their expert chefs at work was fascinating, especially when a whole salmon was filleted with a full explanation of which cuts of fish were used for different sushi.  Again, the children were transfixed, especially when he went on to explain where the fish live and how they are looked after.

YO! Sushi
Listening to Chef Simon
Getting to grips with seaweed!


I’d forgotten how fun eating out with children can be at YO! Sushi, bright colours, fun staff and a great menu do encourage you to try new things.  The children loved the chop sticks and mineral water taps on each table, not to mention the miso soup.  I would urge you all to ditch the go-to old faithful of burgers and pizza the next time you fancy eating out and head to YO! Sushi Chester for something new, fresh and fun.

I would definately book a Mini Ninja Party for a birthday or special treat, a hands on good time all round.  A huge thanks to Kaitlin and the team.  Various different sushi school events and classes are available, click here to find out more Mini Ninja Sushi School















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