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Tokyo's Est claims a coveted star of its own

Restaurants in the Japan capital earned more Michelin stars than any other city

From left, Est Chef de Cuisine Guillaume Bracaval and Est Pastry Chef Michele Abbatemarco pose for a portrait on Dec. 6 in Tokyo. (Photo by Yuki Kohara)

TOKYO -- Guillaume Bracaval has spent the majority of his career working for renowned chefs in Michelin-starred kitchens -- as the chef de cuisine at Laurent Lapaire's L'Agape in Paris and later as executive chef at Cuisines Michel Troisgros in Tokyo. Now Est, the Tokyo restaurant Bracaval opened last year with patissier Michele Abbatemarco, has claimed a star of its own.

"Michele and I have been working in gastronomy for 20 years, keeping Michelin stars for restaurants that already had them. This time, we can say that it's our work, our concept and our names, so it feels different for sure," Bracaval said in an interview.

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