Each day, Thierry Voisin cycles both ways between his Hanzomon apartment and the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo. “I have new eyes here,” he said. “For me, this is like another planet.”

Young and sparkling, Voisin is the chef brought in April from France to take over management of the famed hotel’s main French dining room, Les Saisons. This appointment of a full-time chef from overseas marks an unusual step for the hotel to take. After complete renovation by Parisian designer Francois Le Grix, the highly acclaimed Les Saisons reopened as Voisin arrived to reveal its intensified French presence in Tokyo. When with his recipes he is in his working milieu, Voisin could still be in France.

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