Uncork the Champagne, fill your glasses and raise a toast. At last, there’s something to celebrate — and it’s not just the recent lifting of the ban on alcohol in restaurants. After a long, tortuous gestation, and a considerable drum beat of anticipation, Sezanne has finally opened its doors.

Any new high-end French restaurant in Tokyo is big news among the city’s well-heeled gastronomes. But Sezanne’s official unveiling on July 1 inside the plush Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi means much more than just the birth of a fine-dining venue. It signals the arrival of a young chef of considerable accomplishment.

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