Trevor and his wife Hiromi are the proprietors of The White Fox restaurant in Oji, Tokyo and the online Japanese cooks shop Cook Tokyo.
The White Fox specializes in blending French and Japanese food and cooking techniques. Having lived in Japan since 2001, Trevor’s interest and understanding of Japanese cuisine has enabled him to develop a unique cooking style and a large repertoire of very individual dishes. He has appeared several times on Japanese television and produced a book with NHK (the Japanese national broadcaster) about his innovative cooking style.
The White Fox was continually listed in the top-5 contemporary restaurants in Japan from 2008 to 2013 in the Asia wide Miele Guide and in 2007 Trevor was awarded first place in the International Original Sushi Competition.
Following 9 years of happy cooking in Oji, north Tokyo, The White Fox closed its doors in August 2015 with a view to open a new restaurant in central Tokyo in the following year.
In 2012 Trevor and Hiromi planned and hosted a 2 week gastronomic tour of Japan for the Roux scholars which began with a welcome dinner at The White Fox.
Their website Cooktokyo.com was launched in 2014 with the desire to further promote Japanese food culture and to support the Cook Tokyo online shop which has been supplying chefs globally with the highest quality Japanese artisan cooking ingredients since 2012
Winning the Roux Scholarship in 1996 Trevor trained with Michel and Jean-Michel Lorain at La Côte Saint-Jacques, in Joigny, France, he maintains that, winning the award had a greater bearing on his development as a chef than any other single event in his entire career history.
He says of the scholarship: “The Roux Scholarship is unique amongst cooking competitions. As a competitor you are encouraged to be creative and innovative in designing and cooking your own dish for the semi-finals. For those who progress to the finals, your classical knowledge is then tested. The winner is given an invaluable opportunity to train in a 3 Michelin star restaurant of their choice and also becomes a member of the Roux Scholars club.”
“Made up of all the past winners, the club sets the Roux Scholarship aside from all other cooking competitions. It is a unique network for a group of like-minded professional chefs to exchange news, views and ideas and join culinary trips around the globe, which are enjoyed not only for the educational content but also for the good humor and camaraderie of the scholars. For me personally, especially now that I live in Japan, it is a great way to keep up with the latest happenings within the culinary circuit in the UK.”
“Once a Roux scholar you are a Roux scholar for life and I would highly recommend all young chefs enter and keep re-entering until they win.”