'As a chef, I want to express "just as it is" in each and every moment. It may turn out in a classical or contemporary manner. I want to be free to express, and yet provide the best of the enjoyment. Cuisine changes each day in accordance with freshest ingredients. I love to create new way to cook the unknown ingredients. It is my pleasure to see our valued guests enjoy these amazement and discoveries "just as they are" '
Shohei Shimono goes one step further in his ambitions to use solely seasonal ingredients from Japan. With a history working under renowned restaurants like "Trois Gros". He had created his first restaurant - à nu retrouvez-vous in 2009, and lead the team to achieve Michelin Star Tokyo for six consecutive years.
Before the chef-owner of été, Natsuko Shoji embarked on her venture to create été, she honed her culinary skills at Le Jeu De L'Assiette (now renamed Recte) and Florilège which now is rewarded with 2 Michelin stars and ranked third in Asian best 50’s restaurant. She opened Fleurs d’été in 2014 with her signature mango cake followed by peach, strawberry and grapes flavours.
“I get inspiration from fashion, I look at fashion icon and trends, then express them via fruits”
Natsuko Shoji now has led Fleurs d’été to become one of the most desired dessert in Tokyo and was rewarded Silver in Tabelog in 2017 and 2018. Due to an overwhelming demand of the cakes, été cake is difficult to order with a long waiting list.
Yusuke Kitade started working with Shohei Shimono in 2013 at à nu retrouvez-vous Tokyo which instilled him with our executive chef's vision and the respect for the sincerity of the ingredients showcasing simplicity and delicacy on every dish. With over 10 years' experience of Japanese and French cuisine, he specialises in maximising the taste and texture of seasonal ingredients with a exquisite cooking style.