Appetizer for Post-COVID Tokyo: Three Michelin Star Restaurants Announce Collaboration
"After a long separation due to the pandemic and strict closures in Japan, this is a great time to celebrate getting back together. We are showing the world that we are ready to collaborate, bring together ideas and show what we can do to shape cultures together."
Chef Kyle Connaughton, SingleThread
Namae and Connaughton have created a forward-thinking menu that incorporates treasures of the local seas into plant-based fare, served with wine specially selected for this meal. The chefs have a great appreciation for nature's bounty and used their extensive knowledge of agriculture to create a menu that is friendly to our environment, health and society. Connaughton and his wife Katina own and tend a farm in Healdsburg, California, to provide for their restaurant and their community, while Namae is researching the sustainable relationship between agriculture and food at the University of Tokyo.
"A chef doesn't only cook some delicious things. A chef is a person who can connect the producers and eaters to agree upon an absolute idea that every life is important. We have to pave the broken road between nature and culture to show how we are all connected. "
Chef Shinobu Namae, L'Effervescence
In addition to their shared passion for the environment, the chefs have a close friendship that spans almost two decades. Their previous collaborations have been dynamic and unforgettable, setting the tone for another memorable event.
L'Effervescence is a mindful French restaurant championing sustainability, visibility of local producers and the refined art of omotenashi. Led by visionary chef Shinobu Namae, L'Effervescence has been awarded three Michelin Stars, a Michelin Green Star and the Relais & Châteaux 2022 Ethical Cuisine Trophy. In addition to providing exceptional meal experiences, L'Effervescence is committed to leading the future of sustainability in the food industry. For more information, visit www.leffervescence.jp.
SingleThread combines the art of sustainable agriculture with culinary excellence where the relationship between farmer and chef is more than a side story; it is the heart of the experience. SingleThread is the first and only three Michelin starred restaurant in Sonoma County and a recipient of the World's 50 Best Restaurants' "Miele One to Watch" Award. In October 2021, SingleThread was named #37 at the World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards and is a member of Relais & Chateaux. For more information, visit www.singlethreadfarms.com.