Our Team

Ben Hunter

Ben Hunter

Regional Director

Born and raised in Vancouver, Ben is no stranger to the city and the culinary adventures it has to offer. He adopted the Ningenmi philosophies naturally and transitioned into the Aburi team with ease, greatly due to his undeniable passion for the restaurant industry and welcoming, personable nature. As an industry veteran, Ben quickly became one of the lead employees on the Minami opening team. After running the Penny Lane pub with his father for nearly a decade, and opening up The Hood neighbourhood pub, Ben’s experience and professional relationships in the industry made him a clear-cut choice to develop the bar. Shortly after the opening of Minami, Ben was promoted to Manager, and it was not long after that his expertise was pressed into service once again, while he found himself as a key person in the opening of Miku Waterfront. His depth of knowledge and dedication earned him the position of General Manager. Ben brings experience, leadership, professionalism, passion and a level of customer service that embraces the concept of Omotenashi wholeheartedly. It is no wonder both the customers and staff alike love being on shift or dining in the restaurant where Ben sets the tone.

Autumn Hong

Autumn Hong

Operations Manager

Autumn, like most people in restaurants, has always had a passion for food and drink. It wasn’t until she moved to Vancouver though that she realized there is more to running a successful restaurant than just great food, like a genuine appreciation for hospitality and benevolence. It is since this realization that she has dedicated herself to offering not just a great meal, but an unforgettable experience. Through innate skills and knowledge gained through years of working at some of Canada’s (and the world’s) finest restaurants, Autumn hopes to set Miku Restaurant apart by continuing to offer genuine service and attentive care to each and every guest and helping them to truly enjoy the entire experience from the moment they make the reservation till the moment they walk out the door.

Aaron Matsuzaki

Aaron Matsuzaki

General Manager
Malcolm Simpson

Malcolm Simpson

Manager

With a variety of international experience in the hospitality industry in cities such as Sydney, Tokyo, and London, Malcolm is the newest addition to join Miku’s management team. Of the three pillars, Malcolm identifies most with Ningenmi; with experience in both back-of-house and front-of-house positions, he is a stronger believer that sincerity along with knowledge, and passion, go a long way in providing an exceptional dining experience.

Zed Myers

Zed Myers

Manager

Growing up on the West Coast, Zed has a true passion for Vancouver and its culture. He has built on his experience from working in Vancouver and Auckland’s premier fine dining restaurants and private member clubs. Zed found his home with Miku Waterfront four years ago as a server and quickly climbed the ranks with his executive touch, eye for detail and warm personable approach with guests and staff alike. He celebrates our core philosophy of Ningenmi, which acknowledges the importance of each of our staff member’s unique personality and talents that they bring to the table to offer the perfect Aburi experience. Zed derives great satisfaction through bringing joy to others in our spirit of Japanese hospitality, Omotenashi.

Kazuhiro Hayashi

Kazuhiro Hayashi

Corporate Sushi Chef of Aburi Restaurants and Executive Chef of Miku Restaurant

As the son of a famous ceramicist from Kyoto, Japan, sushi chef Kazuhiro Hayashi brings creative and artistic flare to the Miku team. Relocating to Canada at the age of thirteen, Kazuhiro had an ambition to learn English and so he accepted a position as a dishwasher in a sushi restaurant. From this humble beginning, he developed a keen interest for food and eventually moved up the ranks to become Miku’s Head Sushi Chef. Drawing from inspiration influenced by his artisan father, Kazuhiro has perfected the “art” of sushi. The place you will see him happiest is behind the Miku sushi bar, where he has already created a reputation for himself. “Seeing the smile on my customer’s face is my motivation for being the best chef I can be.”

Chris Janik

Chris Janik

Executive Pastry Chef

Chris is one of the longest standing members of our team. He has been with us since before we opened, and has been the mastermind behind almost all the desserts presented in the restaurant. His kind demeanor and humility make him extremely approachable. Chris was also nominated by the team for the first Miku MVP appreciation in 2011 and won a trip to Japan to learn more about the lifestyle and cuisine of the Japanese.

Yoshitaka Miyamoto

Yoshitaka Miyamoto

Chef de Cuisine

Yoshi’s passion in life is to make people happy. He’s found a way to express this passion through his beautiful sushi and cuisine created at Miku. Bringing his 14 years experience in the restaurant world, his strong belief in Ningenmi- compassion and team work- Yoshi is a perfect fit at Miku. Within Aburi’s three pillars, he finds the outlet to impress the guests at Miku.

Shingo Fujiwara

Shingo Fujiwara

Head Sushi Chef