Thursday, February 5, 2015

Chef Tetsuya Wakuda of Waku Ghin in Singapore and Tetsuya's in Sydney wins a S. Pellegrino/ Diners Club award for 2015

Chef Tetsuya Wakuda of Singapore’s Waku Ghin has been named 2015 Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award Winner.

I'm a big fan of his, and I was privileged to meet him a very long time ago, while I was in Tokyo living a #Travelife and before he became world-famous, through mutual friends during one of his visits to Japan.

Slow-cooked ocean trout

I still remember how we had an animated discussion at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo many years ago.

As for this recent prize he was awarded, it's part of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards programme, sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.

Chef Wakuda will be presented with his award at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony on March 9, 2015 in Singapore.

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The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award is voted for by members of The Diners Club® Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, comprising over 300 leaders in the restaurant and culinary industries throughout Asia.

As the Head Chef of Waku Ghin and Tetsuya’s in Sydney, Wakuda has earned acclaim for creating stellar Japanese dishes that also incorporate French techniques and ingredients – two cuisines celebrated for their strong traditions, subtle flavours, and vastly different approaches.

Sauteed bamboo with clams

Integrating elements from the complementary cuisines, Wakuda strikes a delicate balance that respects the heritage of both, while emphasizing pure, natural flavours.


Botan be with caviar

Opened in 2010, Waku Ghin in Singapore ranked No.7 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 list, rising four places from the previous year, and No. 50 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants rankings.

Waku Ghin in Singapore

Chef Tetsuya opened Tetsuya’s in Sydney in 1989, and he earned universal acclaim from critics, prompting the Sydney Morning Herald to enthuse that “Wakuda has maintained an almost implausibly high standard for other Sydney restaurants to match….[At] each step there’s subtlety, precision of flavours and mystery. This really is magical dining.

Between 2002 and 2010, Tetsuya’s appeared every year on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, earning a highest-place ranking at No. 4 in 2005.

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