The Chefs to Watch in Tokyo Right Now

By Lauren Hill & Will Grice

Tokyo has long overtaken Paris as the culinary capital of the world. Collectively the city holds over 300 Michelin stars (that’s three times more than New York), so while the choice of places to eat has never been better in Tokyo, one question that has always lingered over the city’s fine-dining scene is how sustainable it all is?

While many of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants will have kitchens filled with chefs who have trained for decades, there is a new set of rising stars in the Tokyo food scene, many of whom have worked across the globe and in some of the most innovative kitchens across the globe.

To celebrate, this is our list of the most exciting chefs in Tokyo right now.

Kotaro Meguro

Since the French restaurant Abysse opened in Aoyama back in 2015, its owner and chef Kotaru Meguro has been a prominent name on the Tokyo culinary scene. Here, lunch and dinner pre fixe menus place the focus on seafood with influence taken from the chef’s time spent in Marseille working under the three-Michelin-star chef Gerald Passedat at Le Petit Nice, as well as his time at Tokyo’s three-Michelin-starred Japanese-French restaurant Quintessence. He was soon awarded with his own Michelin star. Just 29 when he began his own restaurant venture, and with such a distinct signature style, we’re sure there’s more to come from the talented chef. It’s well worth discovering the food he’s creating while you’re in town.

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