Willin Low On His Life In Japan: “I Clean Toilets, Wash Dishes & Shovel Snow Daily”
The chef of the now-defunct Wild Rocket gets his hands dirty at his new restaurant in snowy Niseko.
Back in Singapore, chef Willin Low — regarded as the founder of mod Sin cuisine, and owner of the now-defunct Wild Rocket (he still operates casual restaurant chain Relish) — has a team of 30 staff working under him. But these days, Willin does almost everything himself at his month-old café-bar Roketto, located at The Maples Niseko, a new ski resort in Hokkaido within the bustling Hirafu Village. The man has been there since December 2018. “I clean the toilets, wash dishes, clear the trash, cut onions, scrub the kitchen floors, cook staff meals and shovel snow daily,” shares the affable 47-year-old. Roketto, a Japanese iteration of the name Wild Rocket, is the "younger sister" eatery of the latter. The casual diner serves Japanese-inflected mod Singaporean cuisine that’s perfect comfort food to enjoy after a morning out on the chilly slopes.