In brief

  • SushiSwap is a clone of the popular decentralized exchange Uniswap.
  • It was accused of running on exit scam on its users after its pseudonymous creator, "Chef Nomi," cashed out his SUSHI tokens for Ethereum.
  • Today, Nomi returned the money and repented: "To everyone. I fucked up. And I am sorry."

The anonymous creator of SushiSwap, Chef Nomi, has abruptly changed course, returning more than $14 million worth of Ethereum drained from the SushiSwap developer allocation last week and apologizing to a long list of DeFi industry players.

SushiSwap is a cloned version of the popular Uniswap decentralized exchange. SushiSwap adds to the Uniswap design by rewarding liquidity providers with governance token distributions in addition to trading fees on the platform. 


The SushiSwap protocol initially rewarded users for liquidity they provided on Uniswap, before a migration event last week moved more than half of funds, totaling nearly $1 billion, in the Uniswap exchange to its own SushiSwap decentralized exchange pools. The move slashed liquidity on Uniswap by nearly 70%.

In a series of tweets, Chef Nomi announced he had returned the entirety of funds he had obtained by selling SUSHI tokens for ETH on September 5. The controversial move, which some users decried as an "exit scam," saw Nomi release control of the project to other developers, led by centralized exchange FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried. Though Nomi ostensibly released control willingly, he arguably had little choice, as the project would have likely been dead in the water otherwise.

"I'm really glad that Nomi returned the funds," Bankman-Fried told Decrypt today. "We won't forget what he did, but we also won't forget that in the end he made the right choice."

Chef Nomi also laid out pointed apologies to members of the Ethereum and DeFi community, praising his anonymous co-developers, Binance, and important personalities like YFI founder Andre Cronje and Compound founder Rob Leshner, who have contributed to the project or been critical of the way the Sushiswap story played out.


Chef Nomi also announced that he would remain a part of the SushiSwap project in limited capacity, with no governance control.

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