Guy Vaknin hopes the Sharks like Beyond Sushi, his New York City based, vegan sushi restaurant chain, in Shark Tank episode 1002. Vaknin recently opened his sixth location in New York City back in April. He started serving vegan sushi at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival before opening his first brick and mortar restaurant in July 2012. Of his six current restaurants, only one is full service; the rest are more fast food/take out places.
Vaknin says about 40% of his clientele is NOT vegan, they just want healthy, plant-based cuisine. He credits his love of cooking to his Moroccan grandma who taught him cooking with herbs and intense spices. A veteran of the Israeli Defense Force, Vadkin emigrated to the USA. After a brief stint studying computer engineering, he realized food was his calling. He graduated the Institute of Culinary Education in 2007 and was a contestant on Hell's Kitchen in 2010. He and his wife, Tali, married in 2013 and have one son.
Chef Vadkin uses fruits, vegetables and whole grains to make standards like sushi, dumplings, rice paper wraps, salads and noodle soups. Beyond Sushi has grown from a festival concept to six locations in New York City in just 6 years. Now, Vadkin wants to expand beyond the city and he wants a Shark's help.
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Beyond Sushi Shark Tank Recap
Guy will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. He'll need to convince Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Daymond John and guest Shark Matt Higgins that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but he’ll need to show them HE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards." A full pitch re-cap on Beyond Sushi will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.
Beyond Sushi Shark Tank Update
The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. Once an episode has aired, we monitor the progress of the businesses featured, whether they receive funding or not and report on their progress. The Shark Tank Blog will follow-up on Beyond Sushi & Guy Vaknin as more details become available.