TOKYO Ė Japanese chef Yoshihiro Narisawa was awarded on Monday the Grand Prix de líArt de la Cuisine (Grand Prize of Culinary Arts) by the International Academy of Gastronomy in recognition of his style, which mixes innovative cuisine with Japanese tradition and nature.
The prize has been previously awarded to chefs such as Franceís JoŽl Robuchon (1990), and Spainís Ferran Adria (1994), Santiago Santamaria (1996) and Joan Roca (2011).
Narisawa, who at 49 is among the most renowned Japanese chefs in the world, received the award during a ceremony at his two-Michelin-star Tokyo restaurant.
In his acceptance speech, the chef said his main objective was to bring people closer to nature and recommended aspiring young chefs seek inspiration from the natural world in dealing with ingredients and cooking them.
The International Academy of Gastronomy was founded in France in 1983 by the national Gastronomy Academies of Spain, France, Britain, Italy, and Switzerland. By 2016, more than 30 similar institutions had joined the academy.