Meet Tinashe Nyamudoka, the head sommelier at the award-winning The Test Kitchen restaurant (@thetestkitchenct), an independent professional wine judge, and founder and owner of Kumusha Wines.
Q & A with Tinashe
Question: What is your goal for this conference?
Answer: It’s important to me to share my story and the journey I have travelled with my career. In the end, I hope to motivate and inspire those willing to take the same route. I would also love to listen to other success stories and hope to learn and incorporate what I learn into my continued path.
Question: Name one person in this broader industry whom you look up to or a person who you really admire and why.
Answer: I really admire Luke Dale-Roberts because he is a great chef and leader. He has been through the same path I’m on and has been guiding me for the past three years. This gives me motivation and confidence to soldier on.
Question: Fill in the following: Transformation in this industry (name your specific field or cause) will happen when…
Answer: Transformation in the wine industry will happen when Blacks acknowledge that wine wasn’t part of our cultural dialogue. We must realise that we are not entitled but have to find a means of learning the language and trade. From that perspective, we incorporate it into our culture, formulate our own language which we then use to teach people who share our roots. This will enable us to be involved in the entire value chain of wine (from vineyard to the table) and still have a voice on the same level as the traditional drinker.
Question: What would you love people to know about you and your work?
Answer : I’m passionate about empowering people whilst developing myself at the same time. I am fortunate enough to have a job and opportunities that have allowed me to do so – this is all because of my love for wine.