Tom Lam is owner and chef at one of the longest running, fine dining Japanese restaurants, Nisen Sushi in Long Island, New York. Tom began his career as a successful restaurateur working as a sushi helper at Suibi Japanese restaurant in the super trendy meat packing district of Manhattan. Under the direction of five master chefs, specializing in Japanese cuisine. Tom trained rigorously and was able to hone in his sushi making skills, eventually graduating to become a sushi chef & helped create the modern Japanese cuisine the restaurant was known for. Tom spent nearly a decade there where he was able to greatly expand his knowledge of both traditional Japanese cuisine and modern cuisine. In 1998, Tom accepted a position as executive chef for Oyama Modern Japanese Restaurant in Great Neck, NY - a suburb of Manhattan.
In 2000, Tom ventured on his own, opening Nisen Sushi which is regarded as a “High-octane & high-end option for inventive sushi rolls amid sleek, glowing decor & a clubby vibe”. Nisen Sushi received the coveted “Excellent” rating from The New York Times. Nisen serves contemporary Japanese cuisine infused with more modern cooking styles, incorporating New American techniques and dishes. Nisen continues to thrive today, after opening its doors nearly 20 years ago, specializing in unique dishes, special presentation and first-rate service.