A chef dressed in white stands behind the immaculate counter of a sushi restaurant with a vast array of raw seafood spread out in front of her. It sounds like a typical scene you might find at any sushi restaurant in Japan ... except in this case the chef is female.

The sushi industry has long been dominated by men, but an increasing number of women are now working as chefs. Together, they're challenging the misconception that women are unable to prepare sushi as well as men.

The Japan Times talks to three female sushi chefs who are working to break down the stereotype.