This Aussie hailing from Melbourne is a kingpin of the global cocktail scene. Named World-Class Canadian Bartender of the Year in 2014, and Vancouver’s best bartender, his cocktailing has taken him everywhere from South Africa to Amsterdam. When not catching waves or shaking things up abroad, he’s taking the Pac Rim beverage program to incredible new heights.

After an illustrious career in sushi restaurants throughout Japan and Canada, in 2015, award-winning Masayoshi opened his own namesake restaurant in Vancouver where he has been leading the city’s sushi culture; focusing on the artistry and simplicity of crafting each dish with only the best ingredients available, Masayoshi’s restaurant serves exclusively nigirizushi and was awarded one Michelin Star in Vancouver inaugural ceremony in 2022.