An intimate look at one of Australia?s brightest culinary stars
Tetsuya's Pursuit of Excellence focuses on the story of the world-renowned restaurateur Tetsuya Wakuda, who grew up near Lake Hamana, south-west of Tokyo. From the age of 10, Tetsuya dreamed of travel and arrived in Australia in the early 1980s as a 22-year-old with little money, no professional skills and no English. Fate dictated that his first job would be as a kitchen hand in an inner Sydney restaurant.
From that accidental beginning Tetsuya Wakuda has chartered a course that has taken him to the top of fine cuisine around the world. In this documentary we hear from those first friends and mentors in Australia, who helped him through a nervous beginning. We also hear from a host of Tetsuya's international colleagues including Ferran Adria from the famed El Bulli in Spain, Heston Blumenthal from fat Duck in the UK and Richard Geoffroy Chef du Cave at Dom Perignon.