IHG Japan feted for culinary excellence

Chef Tateru Yoshino opened Maison Tateru Yoshino in September 2016.
Chef Tateru Yoshino opened Maison Tateru Yoshino in September 2016.

IHG hotels in Japan have garnered a record fourth Michelin Star across its three restaurants in the latest edition of the Michelin guide.

Awarded for the first time is ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka's Maison Tateru Yoshino, which won one star in its first year of opening. The win by the French restaurant marks a first for a Crowne Plaza branded hotel in the world to earn a star.

Chef Tateru Yoshino from Maison Tateru Yoshino, who is famous for preparing traditional French cuisine that incorporates an array of select vegetables to accent each course, said "It is a huge honour to earn a coveted Michelin star in our restaurant's first year. 

"Our Service team's attention to detail provides each guest with a memorable dining experience for lunch or dinner, and the striking white and gold interior by designer Toshio Nagao creates an elegant and sophisticated space inspired by my native Kikai Island," he added.

The restaurant joins the ranks of InterContinental Osaka's Pierre restaurant, headed by IHG's homegrown chef de cuisine Susumu Okubo, which earned one star for a second consecutive year.

Rounding off the star-studded wins is Chef Pierre Gagnaire's self-named restaurant at ANA InterContinental Tokyo, which has earned two Michelin stars for the seventh consecutive year since its opening in 2010.

IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan, the joint venture between IHG and Japanese airline ANA, currently has 33 hotels operating under five brands in Japan including InterContinental, ANA InterContinental and ANA Crowne Plaza.

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