5 Minutes with Tetsuya Wakuda

LifeStyle FOOD chats to award-winning chef, Tetsuya Wakuda. Discover his top tips for cooking with seafood and what inspires him in the kitchen. 

1.            What projects are you working on at the moment?
I am really excited to be building a new kitchen at Tetsuya’s on Kent Street. The design has been finalised and we are now planning its installation.

2.            How did you celebrate Christmas and the New Year?
I enjoyed having a bit of a break. I spent Christmas at an old friend’s house who I’d not seen in a while.

3.            Tell us more about the Electrolux Inspiration Range
The new Electrolux Inspiration Cooking Range has intuitive features so it is easy to use and delivers exceptional cooking results at home. I’ve already tested the range and can’t wait until I get to use it in my test kitchen. I am a huge fan of induction cooking so I love the new Electrolux Infinite Pro Induction Cooktop. The Chef Mode lets you move your pots and pans across preset power settings without having to adjust power levels - this is a technique that professional chefs use in their kitchens.

4.            What is your top entertaining tip for home cooks?
My number one top tip is to keep it simple, that way it is much easier to get it right! It also means that you can spend more time with your guests to celebrate and enjoy yourself.

5.            Do you have any advice for cooking with seafood?
Again, keep it simple. Whether you roast, steam or grill, the key is to respect the ingredients and not to add too much to it. For example, when you grill a whole fish, you might only need salt, pepper, lemon and olive oil – just enough to taste the best of the ingredients.

6.            What ingredient are you obsessed with at the moment?
Something that I think is important to every dish- good quality olive oil.

7.            Who or what inspires you in the kitchen?
Let me answer both of these questions:

Who? Chef Mori from Kahala, Osaka
What? When I see good, fresh ingredients my imagination starts to grow. I get very inspired from the ingredients themselves. Nothing can beat good quality, fresh ingredients.

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