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The Hotel Okura Tokyo will invite Michelin-starred chef Frederic Simonin to cook at its luxurious French restaurant La Belle Epoque from June 1 to June 7.

Customers can enjoy Simonin’s lunch and dinner courses for ¥12,960 and ¥28,000, plus a 10 percent service charge, respectively.

The event will be the last one for the current La Belle Epoque, which has served excellent French cuisine since 1973, as it will be closed in July and August for renovations.

The event is part of the campaign, dubbed “This is Okura: 300 Days Project Third Stage,” to coincide the renovation of the hotel’s Main Building, which will start in September. Prior to the renovation, the hotel’s entire South Wing, where La Belle Epoque is located, will go through minor renovations for two months. During the renovation of the Main Building, La Belle Epoque will reopen as La Belle Epoque & Baron Okura.

This is Simonin’s third visit to Japan since coming in 2011 and 2012. He was a runner-up for the Meillieurs Ouvriers de France, an award presented every four years to craftsmen in France. Judges praised him for the uniqueness of his dishes and the perfection of his cuisine.

Simonin was born in the Brittany region of France in 1975 and began his cooking career at age 15. After working for several French restaurants, he opened his own restaurant in Paris in 2010.

La Belle Epoque opened in 1973; the same time the South Wing opened. The interior is finished in the art nouveau style that was popular in France in the early 20th century. There are Tiffany lamps on the tables and stained glass works on the wall, adding to the elegant atmosphere of the luxurious restaurant.

The Hotel Okura Tokyo is 10 minutes from Toranomon, Kamiyacho, Tameike-sanno and Roppongi-itchome Tokyo Metro subway stations. For inquiries and reservations, call 03-3505-6073, or visit www.hotelokura.co.jp/tokyo.

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