Friends kept calling. People were wondering. Everyone was missing the great taste and style of Peggi Whiting, master sushi chef extraordinary and the former impresario of Ichiban Sushi, Salt Lake City's nationally renowned sushi restaurant.

Once upon a time, Peggi trained with Master Inou, a legendary sushi chef in Japan. Her mentor taught her well. She launched the original Ichiban Sushi in Park City in the late '80s. And she ran the restaurant for nearly 18 years, working six, seven days a week, even after a successful move to Salt Lake CIty in 1998.

She was renowned, celebrated and recognized. Her customer base was large, and loyal. Her restaurant was highly touted by Zagat's and other food and tourism guides.

But for Peggi, it was time to put it all behind her - and find time to spend with the kids, get away from the grind, recharge and think about the idea of an original line of sauces for quite some time, but never had the time.

But then she was ready.

The timing was right.

And Seal Sama was born.