We have a new drama starting Sunday, 10/25, at 9pm. The Japanese title is Tennou no Ryoriban, or The Emperor’s Chef. It is based on the true story about Tokuzo Akiyama, who was a master chef in the Ministry of the Imperial Household from 1921 to 1989.
As a young boy (and second son) Tokuzo flitted from one thing to another, unconcerned about his future and unable to make a commitment. It was a source of great frustration for his father. So his father arranged for Tokuzo to marry the daughter of a family that owned a seaweed business. One day while delivering seaweed, the newly married Tokuzo is given a sample of a freshly fried cutlet that he finds so delicious, it overwhelms him. From that point on, Tokuzo has found his future. He is inspired to become a cook of western style food.
Tokuzo trains in Paris and at the young age of 26, he becomes the chef for the Emperor of Japan!
As a young boy growing up in the country
Tokuzo tastes a new food, and this awakens
his awareness and interest in cooking.
Tokuzo goes to Tokyo and Paris
to pursue the culinary arts.
Fighting against discrimination and prejudice,
he becomes a chef at the Ritz Hotel in Paris,
the epitome of high society and luxury.
At the young age of 26, he rises to become the Emperor’s Chef in Japan.