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A CREATIVE EMPIRE OF TASTES AND FLAVORS
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SAVORING THE WORLD OF YU SUGIMOTO

Our Executive Chef Yu Sugimoto is a fanatical shopper; he demands the very best ingredients available, most assuredly premium quality materials. His absolute priorities are the condition of the foods he selects, their innate freshness, the vividness or suitability of the material's colors, and the season during which they are harvested and used. How he makes what he finally chooses to buy into magic at the table involves a birthright of pure talent.

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AN EPICUREAN WAKE UP

Innovation plays an obviously essential role. His more creative challenges include how to reinvent fundamental banquet dishes like filet of beef and lobster, two typical favorites for almost all wedding receptions across Japan. But his passion lies in conceiving and producing originality.

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TOKYO IS TALKING ABOUT...

France and its much admired cooking set the stage for Chef Sugimoto's personal oeuvre. His work with culinary artists Alain Ducasse and Yannick Aleno impressed him permanently; "Yannick", he says, "is an endlessly expressive, fashionable and smart dandy, and Ducasse is a majestic technician, a master of sauces and extraordinarily fussy and precise with the ingredients he uses with such finesse."

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VIVE LA DIFFERENCE

Imperial Hotel Executive Culinary Advisor Kenichiro Tanaka and Les Saisons Chef Thierry Voisin flank Sugimoto. About the differences he found between Japan and France, Sugimoto claims there are more varieties of potatoes, figs and artichokes in France, where he adds people have acutely sophisticated tastes in tabletop items, while Japan’s packaging aims for perfection. He says that the French express their appreciation for others by giving them things they love most from their personal life. He wistfully admires France for saving its historic old buildings everywhere, modernizing the interiors while preserving the facades. Japan, he says, is conversely fanatic about public cleanliness and often obsessed with the new.

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