Mini Ninja Sushi School *

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Its October half term again and as parents to two under 7s we are often trying to find ways to keep them entertained during the school holidays. So we were happy to receive an invitation to head to intu Trafford Centre to Yo Sushi which is located at the first floor of Selfridges to join their ‘Mini Ninja Sushi School’. A one hour session for kids on how to make sushi. The class gave our kids the chance to be creative with food, as they got to taste different ingredients like edamame beans, ginger, seaweed, and tofu in a fun and creative environment (which they would trust us, never have done at home).

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What happens during a Mini Ninja Sushi making session?

There were about 7 kids in total attending the session (there can be more). The kids were told to clean their hands using hand sanitisers, use hats, gloves and then the Ninja YO! Chef, Chris, explained to the kids steps by step on what will take place. There were three recipes to make, the first Cucumber Maki, the second, Salmon Nigiri and lastly California rolls.

Here’s a short video on how to roll the California Roll or the Temaki Crab Roll.

The session is specially catered by kids from the ages of five to twelve years old. Which we think is the right age as it will be hard to keep kids below the age of five to sit in a spot and following instructions for an hour.  If you child is vegetarian, don’t worry as the staff at YO! Sushi will prepare a vegetarian option.

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When and where are the Mini Ninja Sushi classes held?
Classes will be available during the term breaks, do check out at the nearest YO! Sushi restaurant which is closest to you on future classes. There are about 50 restaurants across the UK.  Typically its hosted on Wednesdays at 11am. It was held for a week this October half term.
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From left, Cucumber Maki, Salmon Nigiri and California rolls

How much does the session cost?
It costs just £15 per child.  Sessions will need to be pre-booked to secure a spot.
After completing the class, budding chefs will receive: a Mini Ninja certificate, their very own chef’s hat, the recipe cards and a special YO! bag to take home. All the sushi made on the day can also be packaged up to take away so parents can sample their children’s sushi creations too.
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About YO!
YO! is a conveyor belt restaurant serving Japanese street food and sushi, with locations across United Kingdom, United States, Europe and the Middle East.  Founded in 1997, YO! opened in Poland Street, Soho, and an icon was born. Genuine disruption hit town. London got a splash of colour, a dollop of fresh thinking, and a taste of Tokyo living. A second restaurant soon followed in Harvey Nichols, London and the rest is history.  YO! is now a global brand with close to 100 restaurants operating across 8 countries: most are located in the UK, with around 20 restaurants franchised overseas in France, Denmark, UAE (Dubai), KSA and Australia. In 2015 the company opened its first US location and recently added openings in Boston Seaport and Flatiron District in Manhattan.

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