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Jiro Ono and the Pursuit of Sushi Perfection

David Gelb, the documentarian who made "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" discusses his subject's passion for perfection and the secret to sublime sushi.

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86-year-old Jiro Ono is widely considered the world’s best sushi chef. He works in an unassuming office building in Tokyo, but he creates masterful — and pricey — works of culinary art. The much-acclaimed documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi profiles Ono’s restaurant and his drive for perfection. Rico asks director David Gelb to teach us what makes his sushi so sublime.

Also: Mr. Gelb lists his favorite NYC sushi joints and recalls another legendary chef’s Jiro-centric retirement plans.