In my search for the best chefs in Lebanon, I rarely came across women — not to say there aren’t many great female chefs, but rather, they are scarce in professional kitchens. It was a breath of fresh air to discover Salve Astano, the Head Sushi Chef at Le Sushi Bar in Achrafieh.
Previously on SCIB, we ventured to the back of LSB’s kitchen with Chef Tom who showed us the newest menu celebrating the restaurant’s 15th Anniversary.
In this 4-part series, we remain up front in the sunshine with Chef Salve as she makes LSB’s most delicious sushi rolls. The first episode is of Chef Salve preparing a simple and fresh Amberjack Foldover.
Salve Astano was born and raised in the Philippines where she studied and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. In 2001 she left the Philippines and moved to Lebanon, where she became a waitress at a sushi restaurant. Finally, she made the transfer to Le Sushi Bar where doors were about to open for her.
While waiting tables at LSB an older chef offered Astano the chance to train with him to learn how to make sushi. Hesitant at first, Salve didn’t accept until her sister with whom she traveled to Lebanon gave her some wise advice — to give it a shot.
Her talents shone through and for three years Salve worked her way up as a sushi chef. Today she reigns as the Head Sushi Chef of Le Sushi Bar.
Stay tuned for part 2 of the series. In the meantime, for more information about Le Sushi Bar click HERE
Here is our first episode of SCIB at Le Sushi Bar, with Chef Tom!
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