In my life, Japan has provided me with two love
stories. I first came here in 1970 for the Osaka
World Exposition and stayed ever since because
here, I met a girl who later became my wife. It was
also here that I received an opportunity to
practice my profession in a way I always dreamed of
doing ; making high quality meals for men and women
who recognize real taste.
During the past two decades, I have witnessed
suprising evolutions in this country : namely,
technical advances and changes in people's life
style. When someone asks me what caused Japan to be
so successful, I always answer, when people have
such strong sense of unity and are determinded to
make quality goods, it is hard to fail.
The fact that Japan is becoming more and more
international involves changes in its people's
diet. Therfore, we, the restaurateurs, must
constantly adapt ourselves to the needs of the
customers ; especially in a country where the
competition is so keen. For this reason, I expanded
my services by adding new dishes to the menu and
offering my customers catering services.
In the course of making these additions, I owe much
to my Japanese friends, Mr. Yukio Fujii and Mr.
Tokudo Asakura in particular. They herped me make
some important steps in my life.
However, although thi\eir assistance were
indispensable, I wouldnot amount to much if I did
not have the unconditional and loyal support of my
customers. French, Japanese, American or whatever
their nationalities may be, their presence and
compliments were my strongest encouragements.
As for my next step, I have plans to install an
institution in Languedo, a province in
south-western France, where Japanese cooks are
trained t become specialists of Grande Cuisine
Francaise. At the same time, I am planning to
organize tours of Languedoc that would offer its
participants gastronomic experience in such above
In making these plans, I considered my mission as a
Maitre de Grande Cuisine de France as well as the
culinary art of my home province, which I do not
hesitate to boast.
It seems essential for me to express these words of
gratitude as a preamble to the presentation of my