Tetsuya Wakuda Hits the Hunter!


The Hunter Region’s culinary enthusiasts were treated to a rare opportunity to attend a standing room only 90 minute intimate master class and dine over lunch with one of the world’s most highly regarded Chefs Tetsuya Wakuda. Held at Muse Dining the Hunter Culinary Association’s (HCA) Autumn seasonal lunch the event which sold out in 24 hours was always going to attract a high level of interest.

Chairman for the HCA Ben Neil said “We have had Tetsuya on our guest Chef wish list for a number of years and it was due to Tetsuya’s ambassador role with Petuna that we were able to secure the highly sought after Tetsuya. We were so highly appreciative to have him here in the Hunter”. The event was fittingly held at one of the region’s highest regarded restaurants in Muse Dining. Chef/Owner of Muse, Troy Rhoades-Brown commented “Such a proud career moment to host the great Tetsuya Wakuda for lunch today at Muse. A living legend and a true gentleman”. The food was exceptional and included dishes such as Cape Grim Beef Carpaccio for the first course and Petuna Ocean Trout, Squid Ink Gnocchi for the main course matched with a selection of Hungerford Hill wines.

“It was an honour to be part of the Autumn Hunter Culinary Association Seasonal Lunch at Muse Restaurant” said   Tetsuya Wakuda.

“Tetsuya is one of those Chefs that has been an icon and culinary role model for many of regions best Chefs and for the attendees to actually get to meet him was truly inspiring. He was so incredibly humble and approachable giving time to as many apprentices, Chefs and industry people as he could” said Ben Neil.

In addition one of HCA sponsors B&B Total Supply donated a set of 4 amazing knives which were personally signed by Tetsuya. After some generous bidding we were able to raise $1600 which will be donated to the Oz Harvest charity to assist them with all the great work they do in delivering excess food to people in need.

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