FORGET chops and black pudding - Barnsley could soon be famous for its sushi.
Entrepreneur Stuart Turner has set up an online business selling Japanese food and related products direct to the public.
And he’s attracted customers from all over the world... including Japan.
Stuart, aged 31, from Gawber, Barnsley, studied web design at university and it was there, inspired by a Japanese housemate, that he first developed an interest in Japan’s food and culture.
Later, while travelling, he worked in a sushi bar in Australia.
On his return to Barnsley, Stuart felt UK sushi was either expensive or of poor quality so he decided to launch a website where people could buy everything they needed to make their own.
The list of products has developed rapidly since Sushi Sushi’s launch in 2007.
It now includes cookware and authentic tableware that is imported from Japan.
He also runs Sushi lessons.
Stuart said: “Sushi is the fastest growing food sector in the UK, growing 20 per cent year on year, and we’re growing faster than that.
“It’s healthy food but nothing is lost on taste.
“Later this year, we’re relaunching our retail website to offer 2,000 products which will mean we have the largest range of any online Japanese food retailer in Europe.
“We’re really popular in Spain and Italy, we’ve supplied a machine which warms sake to a Greek cruise ship, and we’ve had interest from the USA and United Arab Emirates to provide sushi-making machines.
“We have even had an order for a silicon rolling mat from Japan!”
Stuart also writes a blog about Sushi called ‘The Adventures of Sushi Stu’ and the business has a Facebook page with more than 1,300 fans.
His original mission was to get the UK making sushi - but now it seems he’s spreading the word all around the world.