Owner and operator of one of Sydney’s most highly-regarded restaurants Tetsuya’s Restaurant is Tetsuya Wakuda. He is known for dishing out traditional Japanese dishes using French techniques that he learned in the kitchen from Sydney chef Tony Bilson. He is also the owner of a restaurant in Singapore, Waku Ghin, which he opened in 2010 as part of the Mariana Bay Sands complex.
In addition to his restaurants, Tetsuya has introduced some of his well-loved recipes in cookbooks and is the brains behind a range of gourmet food products.
Who is your inspiration?
What’s currently in your pantry?
Soy sauce, olive oil, miso, and a wide variety of spices.
What’s in your fridge?
Yuzu koshu and marinated olives
Best thing to come out of the microwave
Steamed vegetables and to heat up sake
What did you last eat?
Malaysian vegetable noodle soup
Where do you like to go out to eat?
Azuma and Buon Ricordo
When I’m not cooking, I’m…
Eating sushi at Azuma
Butter, margarine, a mix or neither?
Cultured butter, never margarine
Kitchen tools I can’t live without
Japanese ginger grater
Cookbooks I always return to