Tetsuya’s Tasmanian Connection
Tetsuya first visited Tasmania in 1990 to source the exquisite fish that was to become the foundation for his signature dish, Confit of Tasmanian Ocean Trout.
‘As a food lover with a passion for natural flavours, I knew I had found a paradise,’ he said.
Tetsuya soon became involved with a range of existing Tasmanian products and took a hands-on role in the evolution of several new ones. Selected products are now included on the menus of Tetsuya’s restaurants in Sydney and Singapore.
In 1994, Tetsuya became a Brand Ambassador to help make the wider world more aware of the good things the State of Islands has to offer. More recently, he commissioned the Wooden Boat Centre at Franklin, in Tasmania’s south-east, to build him a fishing boat using traditional methods and world-renowned endemic timbers, including the legendary Huon pine. The wooden boat, Belle, was launched on June 1, 2011.
Tetsuya is a patron of Tasmania’s vibrant fine arts sector, and visits his friends in the state as regularly as his busy lifestyle allows.
‘A piece of quality blue-vein cheese drizzled with leatherwood honey is a simple but sublime dessert that communicates better than any words the purity of tastes I have found in Tasmania,’ he said.
To better understand Tetsuya’s enthusiasm, we invite you to visit the Brand Tasmania website: www.brandtasmania.com