Sunday, July 6, 2014
Al Param calls himself the mad scientist of sushi creation.
Param is the owner and head chef of Sushi Kado Japanese Bar and Grill in Summerville.
He’s been in the restaurant business for nearly 14 years, though it took awhile before it became his passion. He first began working at the Japanese restaurant Yokoso when he was 17, but didn’t become a chef until he was 18.
Param admitted that for the first five years of his career he wasn’t interested in being a chef, but it paid the bills.
“I wanted to eventually be a good cook and I started learning,” he said.
Param wasn’t formally trained, but was taught and mentored under four different chefs.
“I watched every sushi chef that I knew. I learned everything by watching,” Param said.
Today Param owns his own restaurant.
“You can’t rush quality sushi. They are all individually prepared,” he said.
In addition to his special sushi, such as the Greenwave, a combination of tempera crab, jalapeno pepper, cream cheese, topped with torched albacore, and pesto sauce, there are different levels of hot sauce — one through 10 — and a monthly special also created by Param.
Every month Param creates a special roll inspired by the month.
Param’s most popular monthly creation is the Bacon Roll for the month of September.
“I’m bringing that one back to celebrate National Bacon Day on September first,” he said, laughing.
Param said he was inspired to create new specials because he personally didn’t like to taste or eat the same thing over and over again.
“I search for certain flavors. The sushi will never taste the same…it’s like a science lab in my kitchen,” Param said.
Param has lived all of his life in South Carolina and has been a resident of Moncks Corner for nearly 20 years.
He and his wife, Kim, who is the general manager of Sushi Kado, have one daughter, Aubrey.
Param’s favorite sushi creation is the Greenwave Roll — a tribute to Summerville High School’s mascot.
“My passion is always there. Every square inch there is love and passion,” Param said.
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