OUR PEOPLE

KAZUYA YAMAUCHI

KAZUYA YAMAUCHI / Chef, Owner

Kazuya Yamauchi grew up in Kagawa, Japan. He studied to be a chef at the Culinary Institute in Osaka after he graduated from high school.
Starting his career at the restaurant "ACQUA PAZZA", a prominent Italian fine dining restaurant in Tokyo, his role involved travelling around Europe working, studying, and searching for new culinary influence.
After ten years at "ACQUA PAZZA", Kazuya decided to move to New Zealand to challenge himself in a completely foreign environment. Since this move, he successfully worked as head chef at the award winning restaurant "Rice" and sister restaurant "CIBO", which are both Asian fusion styled restaurant located Auckland's CBD.
Kazuya's own culinary roots are inspired by New Zealand's multi-cultural society and the diversity of dining experiences in this country.

Team KAZUYA

Our goal is " Make our guests smile".

We try our best to deliver all of our guests surprising, memorable dining experience.
We sincerely hope you will enjoy Kazuya's culinary world.

ACCOLADES

2016 Cuisine Magazine Good food Guide 3 Hats
Metro Magazine Runner-up Best Wine List
5 spoons
LA LISTE 1000 Outstanding Restaurants 90.00 pt
2015 Cuisine Magazine Good food Guide 3 Hats
Metro Magazine Best Chef (Finalist)
Best service (Finalist)
2014 Cuisine Magazine Good food Guide 2 Hats
Best Personality of the Year
Sommelier/ Manager Mojo Horiuchi
Metro Magazine Best Degustation (Runner-up)
Best service (Runner-up)
2013 Cuisine Magazine Good food Guide 2 Hats
Best New Restaurant
Metro Magazine Best New Restaurant
Best chef (Finalist)
Best service (Runner-up)