Having been in the hospitality industry for nearly a decade, Anthony has worked at some of Toronto’s finest and busiest establishments. Since a very young age, he has been fascinated by food & beverage, the magic combinations between them, and the idea of hosting loved ones. It was an easy decision to pursue a career within restaurants. He truly believes in the difference one can make with a full commitment to excellence.
Anthony was quickly drawn to Aburi Restaurants by its focus in food, environment and people, and is thrilled to be a member of the Miku Toronto Management team.
Chanelle is a bi-coastal industry professional. Working with Aburi Restaurants for over two years, she was instrumental in helping set up and establish Vancouver’s Flagship Miku waterfront location focusing primarily on the beverage program. Previously, Chanelle has had the opportunity to work with such industry leaders as Mark McEwan in Toronto and David Hawksworth in Vancouver. She demonstrates a strong passion for this industry, which is clearly visible in her high energy and attention to detail. Returning to her East Coast roots, Chanelle will take on a vital leadership role in Miku‘s newest endeavour located in Toronto’s Southern Financial District. Looking forward in Aburi Restaurant Canada’s future growth, Chanelle will undoubtedly play a big part in the company’s Eastern expansion.
Michelle began in the hospitality industry at the age of 16 and has worked a variety of roles over the years. Coming from a small town in Manitoba, moving to Calgary and then to Vancouver several years later, Michelle has had the opportunity to learn about the array of cultures in which these cities possess. With an interest in learning about wine and food diversity, she got a job in a Japanese restaurant, where she really found her love for the flavours and people. Michelle has adapted well to the Aburi brand and culture due to her experience in the restaurants and a willingness to learn Japanese style service. Her commitment to service and passion for people meld well into the Ningemi philosophy.
Passionate about food and dining, Vancouver native Olivia Lowe made the move to Toronto to assist in opening Aburi Restaurants Canada’s east coast flagship restaurant Miku.
Olivia has more than 7 years of industry experience and joined the Aburi Restaurants as Head Hostess of Minami before taking the reigns at the events position. An integral part of our team, Olivia identifies with the Aburi philosophy of “Zekkei” and takes pride in making sure all the little details of the event come together to make one beautiful experience. She loves the planning that goes into special events, dinners, meetings and catering, but even more Olivia thoroughly enjoys getting to know and working with the guests to make their event the best it can possibly be.
Miki Ellis has been working with Aburi Restaurants for over 4 years now during which time she has been able to advance Aburi’s sake program to one of the strongest in Vancouver’s ever expanding market. She is one of only a handful of individuals in Canada to achieve the Advanced Sake Professional certification through the Sake Education Council.
Miki has been instrumental in advancing sake knowledge through educational classes and events that not only benefits Aburi Restaurants, but also allows the community to expand their understanding of this unique and ancient tradition. She is incredibly passionate and her energy infectious, as anyone fortunate enough to make her acquaintance will undoubtedly attest to. We look forward to Miki’s continued presence and leadership in this very exciting and rapidly growing industry.
Certified Sake Professional (Sake Education Council)
Advanced Sake Professional (Sake Education Council)
Drawing international experience from Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia, Stephen has settled in Vancouver finding home with us at Aburi Restaurants. He began his time as a bartender at Miku, inspiring those around him with his passion for beverage and drive to learn the Japanese culture. Stephen strives to give his guest a unique cocktail experience whenever they take a seat at his bar. Since his promotion to Bar Manager at Miku, he has had his hands in many aspects of the beverage program, from wine lists to beverage creation. Using his success and experience in Aburi‘s Vancouver locations, he now heads East to help with opening Miku Toronto and setting up it’s beverage program. He continues to embrace the Aburi philosophy of innovation and lead the beverage culture throughout the company.
Originally from the Philippines, where the cuisine is heavily molded by foreign influences such as Spanish, Chinese, Malaysian, and Japanese, Michael was drawn to the restaurant world by finding the artistic expression in cooking. For over 15 years, Michael sharpened his skills in French, Italian, and Spanish restaurants but his palette was always drawn to the Umami flavours found in Japanese cuisine. His ability to adapt quickly and passion for cooking make him a perfect fit for Aburi Restaurants. Michael found himself enjoying the custom of callback, welcoming guests to the dining room, and working creatively within Aburi’s three pillars have allowed him to realize his full potential.
Having worked at all three Vancouver locations in a management capacity, Michael is poised for success with Miku Toronto.
As one of the longest employed members of our team, Kazuki has seen many changes within the company. His infectious smile beams from the sushi bar as he creates beautiful experiences for his guests. As a certified nurse, Kazuki didn’t have too much to worry about around all those sharp knives when he joined the Tora Corporation (Japanese sister company to Aburi) at 18 to learn the skills of a sushi chef. At 22, he had the opportunity to come to Vancouver to help open Miku. After a year, he decided that he wanted to make Vancouver and Miku his permanent home. With his years of experience with the company, Kazuki was selected be part of the opening team for Minami, and now joins the opening team as Head Sushi Chef for Miku Toronto. With a strong eye for detail and commitment to his craft, he identifies with the Aburi Pillar of “zekkei” by creating dishes that are as beautiful as they are delicious.
Aiko Uchigoshi’s amazing confections are the reason all our guests make sure to leave room for dessert. Coming from famed home of Dassai Sake Brewery: Yamaguchi, Japan, Aiko Uchigoshi has over 14 years of experience in Pastry. Aiko is well versed in both Japanese flavours and French techniques- winning multiple awards in both sugar and cake competitions. Working within the Aburi Pillars, Aiko creates beautiful, innovative, and most of all, delicious desserts, while taking pleasure in making people happy every day.
Born and raised in Toronto, Jason dreamed of being an architect as a child, but after discovering cooking through helping his mother in the kitchen, he was hooked. With over 8 years of experience, Jason never stops pursuing learning more about his craft. Jason is excited to begin working with Aburi Restaurants, which he has found to be a great company that is full of happy and caring people who are always willing to learn and improve. Identifying with the pillars of Aburi and Ningenmi, Jason believes that be in the restaurant industry you need to have the passion to be constantly improving, but to work well as a team you also need to respect, trust and help each other. He is looking forward to improving himself within this company and making people happy through serving innovative Japanese cuisine.
It’s fitting that Hiroshi became interested in being a sushi chef. His hometown of Kanagawa, Shonan Japan is a renowned beach community known for it’s fresh seafood and surfing. Classically trained in Japan, Hiroshi shares his vast knowledge and skill with the Miku team, bringing his passion for innovation and upholding the pillar Zekkei- entertainment, service, and ambience as well.