Japanese chef feted as Asia’s best


Japanese chef, Natsuko Shoji of Été in Tokyo, is the 2022 recipient of Asia's Best Female Chef Award. Voted for by the members of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants Academy, the award provides an opportunity for successful women whose dedication, skills and creativity set new standards in gastronomic excellence.
Accepting the honour, Shoji says: "I'm deeply grateful for this award and would like to express my gratitude to the people who have supported me. I hope to be a role model to other female chefs in Japan and trust this award will motivate them to follow their passions."
Shoji began her career at the Tokyo restaurant Florilège. In 2014, she opened Été, a modest tart shop in Tokyo's Shibuya neighbourhood, later transforming the space into a four-seat, invitation-only restaurant. Drawing inspiration from iconic fashion houses, Shoji developed a line of signature cakes, including her sought-after strawberry cake.
Été earned acclaim from both celebrities such as football star David Beckham and renowned chefs, including René Redzepi and Ferran Adrià. Shoji's status as one of the culinary world's emerging stars was confirmed when she was named the 2020 recipient of Asia's Best Pastry Chef Award.
In December 2019, Été expanded to a six-seat restaurant, allowing Shoji to welcome diners into her exclusive eatery and personally serve her guests. The chef's 10-course seasonal menu embraces savoury and sweet dishes and showcases her meticulous approach and highly creative execution.

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