Chef rolls into town at Noosa's acclaimed restaurant.

Jiro Numata, the new Head Sushi Chef at Wasabi, Noosa's only two-hatted restaurant, arrives in Noosa directly from Tokyo's Ginza, considered to be one of the world's most luxurious shopping districts and famed for its high end sushi bars.

Jiro has trained for 11 years as a sushi chef and was working at the Imperial Palace Hotel where he was then offered the prestigious position of Head Sushi Chef at Sushi Nakata, a Ginza institution which was established back in 1945 and today neighbours top fashion houses Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Gucci.

Jiro has spent his days purchasing fish at the Tsukiji Fish Market, the top seafood market in the world, and now spends his time at the docks with our local fishing fleet sourcing the best quality seafood for Wasabi's seasonally-driven menu.

Jiro joins Wasabi's established team and talented existing head chef of kitchen (Zeb Gilbert) and fills the role of the previous head sushi chef Hajime Horiguchi.

Zeb Gilbert joined Wasabi Restaurant & Bar as Head Chef of Kitchen in April 2013 and brought with him 15 years of experience, including sous chef at both The Spirit House and Simple Pleasures Bistro in Brisbane.

His first head chef role saw him return to the Coast to take over the reins at Thomas Corner Eatery.

He takes pleasure in cooking with some of the lesser-known ingredients grown at Wasabi's own farm, Honeysuckle Hill.

The constantly-evolving menu allows him the flexibility to experiment with new combinations of Australian and Japanese ingredients, mixing traditional flavours and modern cooking techniques.

He strives to put food on the plate that is not only beautiful and flavoursome but which also has a history to it.

Wasabi Restaurant & Bar,

2 Quamby Place,


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