1-Michelin®-starred restaurant in Fontainebleau, Ile-de-France
Chef Kunihisa Goto's Portrait
Kunihisa Goto spent his childhood in Japan, where he trained as a chef in Oita. With a passion for French produce, he always had his sights trained on one dream, that of working in France itself, at the very source of Gallic gastronomy.
At the age of 25, the young chef decided to leave Japan and live out his dream in France. Here, he accomplished a number of prestigious apprenticeships with renowned chefs such as Jacques Decoret at his establishment in Vichy, Philippe Etchebest at the "Hostellerie de Plaisance" hotel-restaurant in Saint-Émilion, and Anthony Valette at the "Le Pouilly" restaurant in the Seine-et-Marne department. Working with such prestigious culinary figures was a privileged opportunity for the young man to develop and hone his skills.
With a zeal for French cuisine and passionate about the ingredients he uses, Kunihisa Goto is a wine buff to boot. The Burgundy area was therefore the obvious place for him to build his career in gastronomy. He became head chef at the "Hostellerie du Cèdre" hotel in Beaune, where, in his very first year, he was awarded three Gault & Millau® "toques", as well as being named "Jeune Talent de Bourgogne" ("Burgundy's Young Talent") by the famous guide. The following year, the Michelin® Guide picked him out as being a promising talent with Michelin®-star potential, "Espoir 1 étoile".
In 2012, he embarked upon a new adventure: accompanied by his wife Vanessa, chef Kunihisa Goto opened his own restaurant in Fontainebleau,L'Axel. He was immediately named as the "Grand de Demain 2013" ("Tomorrow's Great Talent") by Gault & Millau® and, in February 2013, the Michelin® Guide honoured his work by awarding him his first precious star.