Key Kyoto staff
Key staff are our, and your, greatest asset. In their knowledge and experience we trust.
Hiroshi is a well-known and respected restaurateur with over 40 years experience in the culinary capital of Kyoto (and Japan!): Gion.
His knowledge and experience in the food and drinks sector is vast, his passion for authentic Japanese tastes and long history in dealing with traditional Japanese suppliers is a major asset to the team.
Hiroshi’s reputation is essential in opening the doors not available to most and in navigating negotiations with our sake brewery partners.
He is a member of the organic society, a devout non-user of the microwave and believes in all things fresh and goodness.
Kazuha has a heart for all that is food and drink!
She is a Certified sake quality appraiser and a Certified Sake Brewer. In addition Kazuha is a qualified pastry chef from the Le Cordon bleu school.
Her knowledge and experience ensures we choose the finest quality sake for our clients.
She is our Chief Taster and sake advisor for the team.
CO-FOUNDER / PROBLEM SOLVER
Darren is a Japanophile (which is not a rude thing) a long time resident and lover of Japan and its deep culture and society quirks.
He seems to have a penchant for the alcohol business as his first business was a UK alcohol delivery service.
His businesses and articles have been published in national and international newspapers and websites including:
The BBC, The Guardian, Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Heat, Front magazine, AsiaOne, CNN money, Digima, New Strait Times, The Star (Malaysia).