May 11, 2020
Shinobu Namae runs one of Tokyo's best restaurants: L'Effervescence. It has two Michelin stars and is known for its sustainable focus (nearly everything served to diners comes from Japan, even the cheese) and the menu is inspired by everything from McDonald's fried apple pie to world peace. Even the dish names are memorable (you can order something called 'Hurrah')!
Namae-san has worked for Michel Bras in Hokkaido (the story
behind this proves that overeating in New York is always a good
thing to do) and he was Heston Blumenthal's sous-chef at The Fat
Duck. Even though Namae-san grew up with an American-influenced
diet, the chef has devoted his career to showcasing Japanese
ingredients, from the artisanal wheat in the oven-baked goods at
his cafe, Bricolage Bread & Co., to the menu at
L'Effervescence. (The story behind the Japanese cheeses at the
restaurant is pretty surprising.)
He also talks about some of the memorable food he's had around the world – including his experience at Alice Waters' Chez Panisse, which he calls one of the best meals of his life. (He also has a sandwich inspired by her on his menu at Bricolage.)
This episode was recorded when the chef was here last year, for Tasting Australia.