Born in New Zealand, Wayne has lived Australia, Brazil, Japan and England. He started his career in hospitality in 2002. He is a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers, and achieved a Distinction from the French Wine Scholar and Honours in the Spanish Wine Scholar programmes. In 2017 he came second in the New Zealand Sommelier of the year competition, and was also selected by Wine Australia to attend the '50 Sommeliers of the World programme’. In 2018, Wayne was honoured to be one of only nine applicants in Australasia to be accepted to the Inaugural Family of XII Wine Tutorial.
Wayne was the first New Zealander, and third in the Southern Hemisphere, to achieve the Advanced Level of Certified Sake Professionals. Author of the e-book 'Demystifying Sakè', he has worked in breweries in Ishikawa, Saga, and Gifu Prefectures, and visited many more. Recently Wayne has written and presented video projects with the Japanese Sake and Shochu Makers Association, including ’Try Sake’, and ‘ Exploring Shochu - Sweet Potatoes in Kagoshima’.
He loves hospitality, and is extremely excited to now have the opportunity to spread the good word of Sake and Kiwi wine here in Tokyo.
Over his career British born Executive Chef Trevor Blyth has worked with some of the world’s best chefs in some of Europe’s most acclaimed kitchens (including 3 Michelin star 'La Pres d’Eugene' under the tutelage of Chef Michel Guerard, and 2 Michelin star 'La Gavroche' under Chef Michel Roux, Jr). He has won awards in Japan for his unique and individual approach to cooking. Although classically trained and passionate about the art of French gastronomy, Trevor’s interest and appreciation of cooking from around the globe, in particular his knowledge and understanding of Japanese cuisine, have enabled him to develop a truly unique style of cooking. His previous restaurant, The White Fox, was listed in the Miele Guide 'Top 5 contemporary restaurants in Japan' for six years running, and NHK even produced a book and TV program about his innovative cooking style.
Trevor has also cooked special event dinners for the past 3 British Ambassadors at the British Embassy Tokyo and appeared several times as guest chef on the NHK World Delicious Japan television program, (NHK English language service).
We look forward to showing you Trevor's delicious dishes at Rangitoto Tokyo.