One chef’s name that stands out in Japan is that of Hiroyuki Hiramatsu, owner of the restaurant Hiramatsu. This Japanese chef is one of French cuisine’s greatest advocates. With excellent technique, Hiramatsu is also very familiar with the Gallic culture thanks to his gastronomy training in France.
The first restaurant he opened when he came back to Japan was in the Nishi Azabu neighbourhood (Tokyo). Not long after, overwhelming success led him to move to the Hico-o neighbourhood, an upper class area of the city. Hiramatsu’s cuisine has the ability to update the most exquisite, sophisticated French tradition and at the same time innovate with his own products, thus creating his own identity.
In addition to being a big fan of French cuisine, chef Hiroyuki Hiramatsu is also a firm defender of his culture, which is why he recently bought a building in order to preserve its heritage. The chef turned two of the apartments he owns into restaurants, one serving classic traditional food and the other where guests can sample genuine French dishes.
After thirty years in the restaurant industry, Hiramatsu has a company that owns over thirty restaurants and hotels. Chef Hiroyuki Hiramatsu shows us that French haute cuisine still has a lot more mileage in it and that adapting your knowledge to the environment can be a recipe for success.
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