Vancouver chef Hidekazu Tojo to receive honour from Japanese government

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      One of Vancouver's most celebrated chefs is being recognized by the government of Japan for his culinary mastery, according to the CBC.

      Tojo's owner and chef Hidekazu Tojo is being appointed as a goodwill ambassador for Japanese cuisine.

      He will become part of an elite group of only 13 overseas ambassadors.

      The Consul General of Japan in Vancouver will hold a ceremony on June 16 to formally recognize his appointment by presenting him with an official certificate.

      Tojo moved from Japan to Vancouver in 1971. He is credited with creating the famous California roll, which has become a common staple on North American Japanese menus, and the B.C. roll in the 1970s. The inside-out sushi rolls have gone on to inspire numerous other variations.

      He also introduced B.C. seafood to Japanese cuisine, such as local albacore tuna and smoked salmon. He opened Tojo's restaurant in 1988 at 777 West Broadway and later moved it to 1133 West Broadway in 2007.