Some describe Kato Wake as a bit of a renaissance woman, as her talents and skills are far reaching. By following her passion for art & design, hospitality, food & wine, and teaching, Kato has achieved success as an art director and graphic designer, instructor, painter, and most recently – tour guide!
Kato accumulated over 25 years of experience working service in several high-end restaurants and bistros, and taught dining room service for the Stratford Chef School for 8 years. She has implemented training programs for several restaurants, and instructed hundreds of hospitality workers in ‘the art of service’ in almost every Canadian province, often in conjunction with her partner Billy Munnelly of Billy’s Best Bottles. Together they have conducted wine seminars to over 8,000 Canadians since 2000.
Kato paralleled her ‘hospitality life’ with a career in art and design. As former store owner in Stratford, she manufactured promotional merchandise featuring her own illustrations. After moving to Toronto in 1996, Kato was accepted in the inaugural class of the Canadian Film Centre’s new media program, then taught graphic and new media design for 3 years at the International Academy of Design.
Kato continues to be a freelance designer for print and web – providing creative marketing solutions for small business. There are few mediums that Kato has not worked with or created in. Now a resident of Prince Edward County, Kato has been contracted by its principle marketing group – Taste The County – to provide graphic strategy and solutions. She is also a creative partner for Aviary Group, working with companies and individuals to articulate their brand. One of her key strengths is devising problem solving solutions for a diverse clientele – using text, video images, social and multi-media.