It requires stringent quality, the best ingredients and a deep respect and appreciation for Japanese tradition and sushi mastery. We introduce you to the Eight Sushi Masters– The culinary experts, service providers and respected restaurant family who stand behind every dish, drink and experience at Eight Sushi Lounge. Each has earned respect for their individual knowledge and skill. Each serves a unique role in sourcing ingredients, menu development, preparation techniques, artful presentation, friendly and flawless service. Layer them together like the different tastes, textures and presentations of the best sushi, and you have our recipe for Japanese cuisine that involves all of the senses.
As a sushi chef trained under the guidance of Japanese sushi master Gen San of Tokyo, Handy Ho who’s also a Georgia State University graduate, sets the culinary vision for Eight Sushi Lounge. He has been executive chef at Rice Restaurant and Sushi Bar for 10 years, as well as chef at Geisha House Hollywood and Geisha House Atlanta, and is Sake Master Certified. Handy continues to hone his craft through such activities as a global culinary tour where he gathered inspiring new ideas. Handy’s sushi preparation philosophy is centered on the belief that cut, taste and presentation are integral to flavor. His formula for success includes having the highest quality fish, the right blade on the knife, perfect rice and the correct brush of sauce or other enhancement. Only when this all comes together can a dish be presented to Eight Sushi diners, delivering a state-of-the-art sushi experience.
Lei G. Ho (Lily)
If one could graduate Summa Cum Laude from California’s Sushi Academy, then Eight Sushi Lounge president Lei G Ho, known as Lily, would certainly have earned the honor when she completed the prestigious program in 2003. Lily is one of the first women in Georgia to be officially trained as a sushi chef. Her passion for sushi, along with her 20 plus years as a restaurateur, shows in every dish. She’s mom to three kids, two of whom, Windy and Handy, are part of the Eight Sushi Lounge team. Lily sees family as a metaphor for the kind of sushi she serves: each fish has a role to play–some are more dominant, some are more subtle, but together they complement and enhance each other. Lily’s goal and commitment is that each dish at Eight be a diverse and exciting combination of flavors that “cause your taste buds to dance”.
Director of Operations
Great sushi is an art and a science and Windy Ho is qualified in both areas. She holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in microbiology and psychology from the University of Georgia and is currently pursuing her MBA. Windy is Sake Master Certified, pursuing the Sake Sommelier status and her scientific background guides her love for combining the principles of gastronomy with traditional Japanese cuisine to bring a modern flavor profile to each and every dish. The 25-year-old has worked in the family restaurant business since she was 15, as a manager of their original restaurant Rice, in Cumming, GA, and brings the millennial perspective to Eight Sushi Lounge’s menu and ambiance.
When you ask Camelia Gunawan what her top priority is as general manager of Eight Sushi Lounge, her answer is simple: making diners happy. She believes that customer service is her most important job. With a background in Management & Hospitality and a dozen years in the restaurant industry, including working as assistant manager at Rice Restaurant, Camelia is continuing her journey as a modern foodie, with a focus on beverage offerings. She is Sake Master Certified and has completed bartender training. Hers is the smiling face that greets everyone at Eight Sushi, setting the tone for this one-of-kind Japanese and sushi dining experience.
When you have an experienced chef as a restaurant Vice President you can be sure that the focus is on the quality of the food. Jeff Chai brings more than 20 years of experience as an innovative chef with an out-of-the-box approach that combines tradition, culture and futuristic ideas. Jeff brings that creativity to the food, the décor and the vibe at Eight Sushi. He was instrumental in developing the flavor bases that have made Rice Restaurant so successful and brings that sane commitment to excellence to West Midtown Atlanta. The husband and father of three is known for his finely-tuned taste buds and artistic eye, whether he’s working on plating and presentation or designing interior spaces that are warm, welcoming and reflective of the modern sushi that is served there.
Master Sake Sommelier
Japanese Craft Mixologist
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