What’s your earliest dallas filipino restaurant memory? It was my mother’s food. I think everyone will say that.
What was the first dallas filipino restaurant you ever cooked? I actually never cooked when I was younger! When I moved to Australia, that’s when I started cooking.
Why did you fall in love with Australia and Australian cooking? The people, the food, and actually the whole country’s produce. It has such a diverse system, tropical climate in one part, entirely different in another.
Which Australian product can you not live without? All of the Australian ingredients! It has to be the freshest, and of highest quality. But I guess, it would have to be ocean trout.
What’s the dish that really encapsulates your career? I guess it would be the confit of ocean trout. Apparently, people say it’s the most photographed dish in the world. It’s been more than 25 years since we’ve been doing it in Tetsuya.
We’re here to celebrate restaurants with Michelin stars, but what places do you feel are underrated in Australia and Singapore? Oh no, there are too many good restaurants in Singapore. I start to wonder which ones I should go to on each trip. I like this chicken rice place for example, but then every time [I visit], there’s another better one after that. The only problem is, as you can see eating is my sport. There’s a huge variety of cuisine, and there’s so many regional cuisines as well. It’s really too big a melting point.