Podcast S1 Ep 8 Sake Brand Culinary Chef Shimpei Hatanaka

In this episode we chat with Shimpei Hatanaka, the culinary brand chef for Sake restaurant, exploring his background and perspectives on Japanese cuisine in Australia. Key topics include similarities between Nordic and Japanese food focusing on ingredients, Hatanaka’s early exposure to seafood through his chef father, working across Sake’s multiple restaurant locations, sourcing quality seafood and rice, challenges training young chefs today, top sushi chefs pushing boundaries, and implementing robotic grills for charcoal flavours.