Kumo Izakaya founder and owner Andre Bishop is one of Melbourne's quiet achievers in hospitality. A self-confessed Japanophile and sake connoisseur, he's the man behind the revitalisation of Japanese institution Izakaya Chuji on Lonsdale Street In Melbourne. He also created Izakaya Chuji's South Melbourne offshoot. Andre is also behind Nihonshu Sake & Shochu Bar in Melbourne's CBD, his first venue dedicated to his prime passion of sake.
Other venues that have seen Andre's touch are the pioneering Japanese pop culture Robot Bar as well as the multi-award winning Golden Monkey (inspired by the 1920s opium dens and bars of Shanghai).
Akimi's passion for food and cuisine stems from a childhood love for cooking. Originally from Sapporo, Akimi brings exquisite skills to the Kumo kitchen having trained in many top Japanese kitchens. Her knowledge of Japanese flavours and technical skills was mastered in Japan and has been applied in Melbourne's Yu-U and Bar Lourinha.
Originally from Osaka, Eriko trained to be a chef at William Angliss in Melbourne and worked the kitchens of Kobe Jones and the Royal George Hotel. Taking family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, Eriko mixes her Japanese roots with her Western training to offer Kumo Izakaya a unique take on izakaya cuisine.