In the culinary world, Engin Onural is a renowned sushi prodigy. Ranked one of the Top 30 Sushi Chefs in the world outside of Japan, Onural opened The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge in Palm Desert when he was just 26. Seven years later, Onural is opening one of the most talked about new additions to Palm Springs: Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey.

Onural has a long list of accolades—including the Sushi Proficiency Certificate from the All Japan Sushi Association—but he’s not out for fame and glory. In fact, the biggest compliment he can get from a customer is a simple hug. Sushi is how Onural expresses himself, and his dishes are some of the most imaginative you’ll find in Greater Palm Springs. Hear from Onural himself in this episode of dineGPS’ Chef Series.