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Tetsuya’s restaurant in Sydney was once again this year named as one of the Top 50 Restaurants in the world. This new documentary takes an intimate look one of Australia’s brightest culinary stars.
By
April Smallwood

9 Jun 2010 - 2:38 PM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2013 - 9:31 AM

Tetsuya’s restaurant in Sydney was once again this year named as one of
the Top
50 Restaurants in the world. This new documentary (airing June 17 at 7:30pm on SBSONE) takes an intimate look
one of
Australia’s brightest culinary stars.


Tetsuya’s Pursuit of Excellence is the story of world-renowned restaurateur Tetsuya
Wakuda, who 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.


From that accidental beginning, Tetsuya chartered a course that has taken him to the top
of fine cuisine around the world. In this documentary we hear from those who were his
first friends and mentors in Australia; including Danny White, Armando Percuoco and
Tony Bilson.


We hear from some of his early suppliers and reviewers in Australia who helped him
through a nervous beginning and some who he has helped into international markets.
Also featured are 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.