Landing in Sydney in 1982 with nothing more than a small suitcase and a love of food, Tetsuya found his very first job as a kitchen hand at Fishwives in Surry Hills. A year later he was introduced to Sydney chef Tony Bilson, who was looking for a Japanese cook to make sushi at Kinsela's. It was at Kinsela's that Tetsuya learned classical French techniques, thus forming the beginnings of his own style of cooking, marrying the French technique with the Japanese philosophy of using natural, seasonal flavours.
"I made a lot of things up along the way and, luckily for me, people liked the way it tasted." Tetsuya Wakuda
Tetsuya is proud to promote the traditions and cuisine of Japan, and was honoured to be selected as the Japanese sake industry's first overseas Sake Samurai (or ambassador) in 2006.
In addition to the restaurant, Tetsuya has introduced some of his most loved and admired recipes to kitchen and book shelves across the globe, with his cookbook Tetsuya, and expanding range of gourmet products.
Over the course of his career, Tetsuya has won acclaim not only in Australia, but also internationally. Tetsuya's featured in Restaurant Magazine (London) World's 50 Best Restaurants from the list's inception in 2002 through to 2010, and Tetsuya has earned international recognition as one of the world's great chefs, acknowledged by his peers, the media, and diners around the globe. Tetsuya was proud to be awarded the inaugural Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide People's Choice Award for 2011, thus cementing his reputation as one of the most respected and beloved chefs in the industry today.
2010 saw Tetsuya embark upon an exciting culinary venture in Singapore. His new restaurant, Waku Ghin, is located in the spectacular Marina Bay Sands, and has received the same exceptional reviews as Tetsuya continues to enjoy for his eponymous restaurant in Sydney.
"Tetsuya is part of an elite group of international chefs that has influenced other chefs through their personal styles and unique approaches to food. His culinary philosophy centres on pure, clean flavours that are decisive, yet completely refined. His amazing technique, Asian heritage, sincere humility, worldwide travels and insatiable curiosity combine to create incredible, soulful dishes that exude passion in every bite." Charlie Trotter.
Contact: Tetsuya's Restaurant
Address: 529 Kent St Sydney
Sydney -2000, New South Wales, Australia
Phone: (02) 9267 2900