We had the good fortune of connecting with Alvin Dayrit and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alvin, what is the most important factor behind your success?
To never compromise quality and have discipline and consistency.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been in the industry for about 25 years. I started working in the kitchen for a small Japanese restaurant in Miami, Florida Owned by a Japanese couple. They taught me the basic techniques from washing rice & the proper way to use a knives. It wasn’t easy being trained by a Japanese chef, let a lone four old school Japanese chefs. Yes, I had four Japanese chef trained me and all four of them specialize in different Japanese culinary disciplines (kitchen chef, tempura chef, 2 sushi chef) They barely speak English and the only way to learn is by watching and tasting. I remember the first time when Naya was teaching me how to make tamago, It didn’t go well because I drop the egg on the floor. Then Naya made me clean it up and told me to get one pound salt and put it in the tamago pan. He said practice flipping the salt! I made so much mess because the salt drop on the floor and around the stove. Naya told me to practice everyday for one hour flipping salt, He said THE MORE MESS YOU MAKE THE MORE PRACTICE YOU NEED, THE LESS MESS YOU MAKE THE BETTER YOU WILL BE.
I still remember their teachings and training because from that experience I learned discipline and consistency and I appreciate them every time I step inside the restaurant.
When guests walk in our establishment,I want them to experience a quality dining experience, both on food and service, because food and service goes hand in hand.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First, I’ll invite them to my restaurant for dinner. Then I’ll bring them to see different scenery that Atlanta has to offer and take them to dine at my friends restaurant throughout the city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to everyone that have supported me. To Randy for believing in me and my Team.