Sushi

Tried to make a food render today, spent a couple hours putting this together and trying to get the best material settings. Created entirely in Blender.

The rice was a challenge and I couldn’t get it to where I wanted it. Advice on using SSS to get that transparent ‘lit-up’ look when the light hits it?

Also, does anyone know how to get Defocus blur not to start and stop so abruptly (look at the chopsticks)?