About Chef Walter Ishizuka
After over 20 years of experience in the luxury hospitality worldwide Chef Walter decided in 2018 to bring his cuisine and services directly to your tables.
Chef Walter’s father travelled from Japan to Lyon in the 1960’s, to learn the art of French cooking – he remains to this day one of his biggest inspirations. Walter had the opportunity to work at some of France’s and London's most famous 3 Michelin stars restaurants ( Paul Bocuse, Ritz Paris, The Connaught London...)
His creative cooking, modesty and rigour have been qualities that Walter has brought into his own style of cooking blend classic French fare with a delicate approach to flavour and texture derived from his Japanese heritage – his dishes feature bold, simple flavours cooked using only the very finest ingredients.
FOCUS ON SUSTAINABLE FOOD
Imbibing each dish and new menu with his enthusiasm for fresh, seasonal ingredients and the wealth of quality British produce that he often goes to select himself at London’s many famous foodie markets such as Billingsgate, or Borough Market. Whilst he remains true to the culinary legacy of great French cuisine, he brings with his Japanese touch a modern and innovative approach to the classic French cuisine.
Awards & Nominations:
Master Craftsman part of The Craft Guild of Chefs since 2016
Awarded by 2 AA rosette guide for Culinary Excellence,
Winner of the famous and prestigious French culinary contest "Trophy Jean Delaveyne 2007"
Semifinalist of MOF 2014 ( Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France contest),
One of the first French Chefs in UK to be involved in the GoodFrance/GoutdeFrance promotion,
part of "Chefs adopt a school" introduced by The Royale Culinary of Arts
Since 2011 Chef Walter is involved in organising an annual charity dinner supporting Hospitality Action cooking alongside celebrity Chefs Raymond Blanc, Monica Galetti, Tom Kerridge, Bruno Loubet, Claude Boss and several others.
His recipes are also published in the "Great British Cookbook 2" and the "Charitable Cookbook 2017", which support charities such as MacMillan Cancer Support and Hospitality Action.
For 7 years Chef Walter has participated in the charity Street Smart.
& Guest chef
Chef Walter will help you to support and to develop your ideas to turn it in a successful buisness with his professional regard, working along side your team to provide innovative ideas and solutions to maximise profit and efficiency.
Making your restaurant profit grow
Assessment & improvement of services to existing outlets
Developing a strong team & training plan
Quality of food & consistency
Sourcing the best ingredients
Menu engineering & development,
Recipes elaboration, innovation
Food concept & brand development,
Research and advices on kitchen equipment,
Restaurant Marketing, digital media, food promotions...
Fine Dining, catering, events food production supervision
Experienced chefs skills & chef demonstration
Customer satisfaction recording,
Health and Food Safety implimentation
Food photography, food stylist.
It will be decided on a case by case basis after an initial consultation
What is better than bringing a top chef to your luxury venue, by planning something different for your customers, it will bring you a great exposition to medias, press and reviews to attract new clients.
Chef Walter is available on request to travel worldwide and be your guest chef for your future gastronomic week or pop up restaurant.
With his unique creative and tasteful cuisine, he will for sure surprise all your guests.
Press & Reviews
Walter was excellent - very personable, experienced chef who was very friendly and flexible when discussing the menu. Food was delicious and the it was a great surprise for my mum making the day very special!
An excellent evening - easy to organise. Brilliant chef happy to talk through what he had prepared. Wonderful meal.
Walter was excellent - very personable, experienced chef who was very friendly and flexible when discussing the menu. Food was delicious and the it was a great surprise for my mum making the day very special.
Excellent service organising the event. And chef Walter was excellent - helpful, organised, clean, timely, and a good chef!
"Thank you so much for a lovely evening Walter!
We opted for the 4 course discovery menu and the food was outstanding: all the dishes were prepared with seasonal ingredients, they were beautifully presented and - most importantly - tasted excellent. The experience of having a professional chef in your kitchen is so memorable and it allowed us (the hosts) to truly enjoy the evening. And Walter was a fantastic chef: he showed up on time, he came prepared with all the ingredients and utensils, he explained every dish as he served them to us and he even helped tidy up the kitchen afterwards.
I really can't think of anything I would change about our evening and I can't recommend Walter enough". Kinga.K
My guests and I had a wonderful experience with chef Walter. From the very beginning Walter did not put a foot wrong. He called within minutes of receiving my booking to discuss the menu and was willing to adjust it to my requirements. On the day of the dinner he arrived exactly at the agreed time and adapted easily to my kitchen. My guests and I loved Walter’s discovery menu particularly the expertly cooked duck with truffle polenta and poached pear, and the presentation of every dish was Instagram- worthy. Walter was also very friendly and interacted easily with everyone. I’d highly recommend him for any type of event and wouldn’t hesitate to book him again. TS
Great experience! The chef was super nice and he cooked a 5-star meal. The truffle soft polenta was amazing I would highly recommend Walter! Gil.R
Food was fantastic, thoroughly enjoyed it. High quality ingredients presented beautifully. Walter was really professional, friendly and explained the dishes well before serving them.
A brilliant service which allows your host to spend the whole night sat at the table with you rather than slaving away in the kitchen. Certainly something which I would recommend to friends throwing similar dinner parties.
5 out of 5! Simon