Restaurateur introduces Kisumé led by star chefs
Restaurateur Chris Lucas has announced his new three-level Japanese restaurant in Melbourne, Kisumé, will be helmed by executive chefs K. S. Moon and Shaun Presland.
Kisumé is The Lucas Group’s latest project and will marry the elegant and exacting principles of Japanese cuisine with an Australian sensibility.
Korean-born Moon is regarded by his contemporaries as a sushi craftsman who combines innovative methods in modern sushi preparation with traditional practices. He holds a number of certifications including one that—having undergone rigorous training for years—allows him to prepare blowfish (fugu) for human consumption. He is also an international sake sommelier.
Moon is leaving his signature restaurant Mikuni in Singapore to take up the position. Before that, he was handpicked by Giorgio Armani to open Armani’s international Japanese restaurant at The Armani Hotel in Dubai. Moon also spent time at the Hotel Okura in Tokyo.
Shaun Presland is one of Australia’s most highly regarded contemporary Japanese chefs, having earned his stripes in Tokyo after which he opened Nobu in the Bahamas followed by Sydney’s Sushi-E and the original Sake in The Rocks.
The Lucas Group’s general manager of wine, Philip Rich, and Markus Tschuschnig, former food and beverage director of the renowned MASA omakase restaurant in New York, will both curate the extensive wine and sake program.
“My daughter Holly was born in Tokyo so this restaurant opening is a very personal one,” said Lucas. “It’s the culmination of years of hard work and fulfils a dream that one day I could do justice to the beauty and elegance of Japanese food right here in my home town.
“I’m also very proud that world-class talents like Chef Moon, Shaun and Markus are making Melbourne their home, along with their families, which is a huge personal commitment and recognition of Melbourne’s standing as one the great food cities of the world.”
Kisumé is slated to open at 175 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, in May.
There’s nothing like Australia – especially when it comes to quality food and wine experiences
In response to the growing demand globally for food and wine as part of the travel experience, Tourism Australia’s There’s Nothing Like Australia campaign put the spotlight on Australia’s finest array of produce served in the most stunning locations in the world.
Regional wine tourism gets a boost
Export and Regional Wine Support Package, to support sustainable export growth and increased international wine tourism to Australia.
QTIC - Chef shortage forum
QTIC would like to invite Chefs and relevant Human Resource Managers to a forum to examine Queensland's growing demand for Chefs.
Australia's best new restaurants
This month, Australia’s best new restaurants champion excellent local produce through the sleek, modern Australian bistro.
Anthony Huckstep provides a wrap up of the dining experiences Australians are queuing up for, including a landmark Sydney opening and a Melbourne bar with a multimillion dollar makeover.
Leisure market drives latest international tourism growth Down Under
Tourism Australia has published an international tourism snapshot featuring arrivals, spend and aviation data for the 12 months to June 2017 as well as a more extensive international market update delving into the current state of Australia’s international tourism
Tourism and Hotel Market Outlook
Australian tourism has had another 'remarkable year of growth' according to Deloitte Access Economics’ latest Tourism and Hotel Market Outlook report for the year to June 2017.
ICC Sydney showcase
Tourism Australia has partnered with ICC Sydney to develop a new Virtual Reality showcase video giving international audiences a virtual tour through the venue.
QTIC Tourism Indigenous Employment Champions Network
The QTIC Tourism Indigenous Employment Champions Network, supported by The Star Entertainment Group, aims to support tourism employers to recruit and retain Indigenous employees. The Network is a group of volunteer tourism operators that have exhibited best practice in the recruitment and retention of Indigenous employment.
Together with the Champions, QTIC have developed a range of resources for tourism operators, presented at numerous industry conferences, facilitated industry forums, provided tourism industry career path information to Indigenous students and job seekers, and identified Indigenous employment placements within the industry.
Click on image below.