Many might expect a chef of Guillaume’s calibre not to be involved in the day-to-day cooking. As well as running Bennelong, he is involved in the food preparations and it’s not unusual to find him in the kitchen mid-morning filleting fish or shucking oysters.
Overlooking stunning Sydney Harbour, Quay has just clinched a culinary coup by being named Restaurant of the Year in The Sydney Morning Herald 2010 Good Food Guide and Gourmet Traveller 2010 Restaurant Guide for the second year running.
Tetsuya Wakuda rushes in, apologising profusely for running late. Even when on the back foot, one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs is graceful and affable. Today he is positively glowing; his face radiates a soft shade of pink from the humidity outside as he introduces himself only as ‘Tetsuya’.
With a brand new menu delighting restaurant goers, Zoya Sheftalovich discovers there’s more to this North Shore favourite than a historic connection to one of Australia’s most famous poets.