Q&A between Ivan and Andrew Zimmern Where did your fascination with Japanese culture and cuisine come from?

Ivan Orkin: My first job was as a dishwasher at a Japanese restaurant on Long Island when I was 15. I write about this in my book. I had a transformational experience with a bowl of rice with a raw egg and seaweed that at first horrified me, and then blew my mind. After that, it was all over. I wound up majoring in Japanese culture and literature in college.

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