February 21st, 2018
Five Minutes with a Teppanyaki Master Chef

Genji Matsuzaki, the head chef of Hilton Tokyo’s JUNISOH restaurant, has risen to the top of his game after working at a number of five-star hotel kitchens, as well as one of Japan’s top restaurants, Nadaman. We sat down with him to uncover the art of teppanyaki.

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The most important skill a teppanyaki chef can have. The knowledge of ingredients, especially all the different types of meat is absolutely essential and takes the longest time to master. Teppanyaki is known for utilizing top quality Japanese Waygu beef, so it’s important that the chef can bring out the best of the ingredients.

A sixth sense. As a professional teppanyaki chef, it is imperative that you’re able to sense your guests’ preference. My top tip for guests trying teppanyaki for the first time is to relax and enjoy communicating with your chef. As teppanyaki is usually prepared and served right in front of your eyes, it’s the perfect opportunity to speak directly to your chef and let them know your preferences – it’s a guaranteed way to have the best experience.

Dinner and drinks. People might not realise that teppanyaki can be matched with any kind of beverages. Personally, I like to match it with wine.

My signature menu. At JUNIOSH we have a special chef recommended dinner called ‘Gen’ which is actually named after my first name. The dining experience features only topnotch local ingredients, such as Wagyu and fresh seafood from Tsukiji market.

Visitors to Japan shouldn’t leave without trying the Waygu beef. I’d also recommend exploring the city and trying local cuisine. JUNISOH’s lunch course consists of sushi, teppanyaki and other various Japanese delicacies, so it’s a great way to taste test the flavours of Japan.

Genji Matsuzaki’s Top Three Things to do in Tokyo:

Tsukiji Fish Market

This famous fish market is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and a definite must-visit.

Kappabashi Street

The street is lined with stores selling restaurant quality equipment and is the best place to shop for high-quality Japanese cooking knives or simply to sample food.

Omoideyokocho/Golden Gai

Here you’ll find many neon-lit alleys near Shinjuku station offering local restaurants and pubs.

Where to Stay:

There’s no better place to indulge your inner foodie than Tokyo, the city with the most Michelin stars in the world. Hilton Tokyo not only boasts a number of world-class restaurants onsite, but its location in the heart of Shinjuku means that a wide range of delicious local restaurants and eateries are only steps away.

Hilton Tokyo is a hotel that has thought of everything and you can rest assured that no detail has been overlooked from the calming minimalistic Japanese décor to the endless world-class dining options waiting for you onsite. There’s an indoor pool, 24-hour health club complete with a relaxing sauna and soothing whirlpool spatwo rooftop tennis courts, modern fitness centre featuring equipment by the official supplier of the Olympic games, direct access to Tokyo Metro and even complimentary shuttle services to Shinjuku station.

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