Shinobu Namae’s gastronomic chapter began after finishing a degree in politics and realising food was where his passion lay. Shinobu worked at Michel Bras’ three-Michelin-star restaurants in Laguiole, France and Hokkaido, Japan where he was sous chef. He continued the role of sous chef over at Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant The Fat Duck in England and in 2010 he opened his own restaurant L’Effervescence in Tokyo, gaining his first Michelin star in 2011 and a second in 2015.
Shinobu’s menu at L’Effervescence brings together French culinary techniques with Japanese ingredients to create a fusion of flavours, all backed up by a food philosophy of there being a reason for every ingredient, ensuring attention is given to the finer details. Shinobu has been included in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.