Meet NZ's newest sake guru: 'I want to serve experience'
The student has become the master, master of sake that is.
Fuminobu Nakatani is the first and only Kiwi to achieve a level three qualification in sake from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in Lonbdon.
It's no mean feat considering Nakatani achieved the international authority's highest qualification with distinction, having travelled to Melbourne for the four-day course.
Nakatani learned how rice wine is made, as well as factors that affect the style, quality and price of sake, and he has mastered how to properly use the information to guide diners properly. It's the highest level qualification offered by the globally-recognised international educators in the alcohol market.
The 43-year-old has worked as restaurant manager for Auckland's Masu by Nic Watt since its opening in 2013. He says he hopes to use the qualification to add to the diners' experience.
"People expect that you should have good food and a vast amount of drinks on the list," Nakatani says.
Being able to tell people all about the nuances and tastes of sake, the ways to drink the alcohol and the history, was a great way to add to everything.
"I want to serve experience."