Tetsuya Wakuda of Waku Ghin wins The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award – Asia 2015

Laura Price - 03/02/2015

Tetsuya Wakuda, chef-patron of Waku Ghin in Singapore, is the winner of The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award – Asia 2015 – voted by the 300-plus industry experts who create the annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. He will collect his award on Monday 9th March at the ceremony in Singapore.

Born and raised in Japan, Tetsuya moved to Australia at the age of 22 with a small suitcase, limited knowledge of English and a love of food. He began his culinary career as a humble kitchen hand and soon found himself cooking sushi for Sydney chef Tony Bilson at Kinselas. There he learned classical French techniques and formed the beginnings of a cooking style that would eventually help him become one of Australia’s most-loved chefs.

Several years after his stint at Kinselas, the chef opened his first restaurant, Tetsuya's, in Sydney, and in 2010 launched Waku Ghin in Singapore. The latter rose to No. 7 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 and Tetsuya's reached No. 5 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2007, cementing his reputation as one the finest chefs in the globe. He has also been honoured as the Japanese sake industry’s first overseas Sake Samurai (or ambassador), and was the first internationally based chef to be named one of Japan’s Masters of Cuisine.

Over the next few weeks, Diners Club International® will be releasing a series of videos filmed with Tetsuya, featuring everything from sake tips to dish preparation.

Watch the first in the series – Tetsuya's acceptance speech:

Fancy joining us in Singapore for Asia's 50 Best Restaurants? You can still buy tickets to the special Summit, Masterclasses and Maestro Dinners, featuring some of the best chefs and restaurateurs from around the globe including Gaggan Anand, Gastón Acurio and Daniel Humm.