Born in New Zealand, Wayne has lived Australia, Brazil, Japan and England, and has been working in Hospitality since 2002. He was the first New Zealander, and second 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.
Wayne is also a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers, and achieved a Distinction from the French Wine Scholar programme. In 2017 he came second in the New Zealand Sommelier of the year competition. In 2017 he was also selected by Wine Australia to attend the 50 Sommeliers of the World programme, and in 2018 was one of only nine applicants in Australasia to be accepted to the Inaugural Family of XII Wine Tutorial.
He has spent the last five years managing one of New Zealand's premier Japanese style restaurants, and is extremely excited to now have the opportunity to spread the good word of Sake and Kiwi wine here in Tokyo.