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Meet Monsieur Yamashita, The Japanese Farmer Of Choice For Top Chefs In Paris

To get his niche greens, you need a Michelin star
Jul 7, 2014 1:00 pm

Asafumi Yamashita abandoned a career in boxing and semi-professional golf in Tokyo to move to Paris and set up a backyard farm to cultivate Japanese produce. Since then, he has become one of most sought-after farmers in the world, catering exclusively to seven of the best chefs in the world.

DJ Neil Armstrong Gives Us A Tour Of The Regional Foods Of Nagoya And Okinawa

Pork katsu, grilled unagi don porn, right this way
Jun 16, 2014 1:00 pm

DJ Neil Armstrong needs no introduction for hip-hop fans. He was Jay-Z's touring DJ for all of 2008 and 2009 and has shared the stage with the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye West, Young Jeezy and Timbaland in a storied career. We asked Neil to keep a travel journal on his recent trip to the Japanese regions of Nagoya and Okinawa. Read on for crunchy fried pork cutlets and some of the most delicious-looking rice bowls we've ever seen.

Noma Tokyo Pop-Up Reservations To Open June 23. And There's A Secret Way To Book.

René Redzepi decamps to Japan in January
Jun 16, 2014 10:44 am

When Copenhagen’s Noma was awarded the heady title of world’s best restaurant during a splashy ceremony in April — the fourth time in five years — it once again anointed chef-owner René Redzepi as keeper of the most-exclusive reservation book on the planet. Reserving a table at Noma can be like scoring a bottle of highly prized Pappy Van Winkle 23. Money alone won’t necessarily get the job done — there’s luck and connections involved. So when it was announced that Noma was literally taking its show in the road for a month-long residency in Japan, there was great excitement to figure out who, what, where…and how much.

DJ Neil Armstrong Ate Robot Sushi, Went Fishing Inside A Tokyo Restaurant

Epic Instagrammer just got back from Japan. Whoa.
Apr 21, 2014 4:00 pm

DJ Neil Armstrong needs no introduction to hip-hop enthusiasts. He was Jay-Z's touring DJ for all of 2008 and 2009 has shared the stage with the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye West, Young Jeezy and Timbaland in a storied career. Neil recently took over our Instagram during a four-week trip to Asia and it turns out that music is not his only flavor. We caught up to discuss how Japan's culinary scene is much more diverse than you might expect. Read on.

Welcome To Around The World In 5 Editors

Taking on a country and food culture each day
Apr 21, 2014 9:00 am

Each day this week, one of the Food Republic editors will be breaking in with a lineup of stories dedicated to their respective country, including recipes, interviews and personal essays. Here is the day-to-day schedule, and some more behind the scenes action.

I Ate Poisonous Blowfish Sashimi And Survived To Address 3 Myths

Puffed-up myths to deflate, serve with ponzu
Mar 10, 2014 1:00 pm

When it comes to blowfish sashimi, or fugu, all you may have to go off is the age-old Simpsons episode where Homer demands the fish, despite the chef's warning, then prepares to die. Thankfully we're able to dispel a few myths about this mysterious and highly-prized dish now that West Village sushi paradise EN Brasserie is slicing and serving the best parts. Pull those chopsticks apart and dive right in. 

Gregory Gourdet Enjoyed The Cod Sperm Sac And Blood Clam In Japan

Portland chef is helping write a Japanese guidebook
Feb 28, 2014 2:00 pm

Chefs love to travel — for inspiration, to experience the cuisines of other cultures or just to get away from the heat of their own kitchens. When they return, we hit them with some questions — where'd they stay, what'd they do and WHAT DID THEY EAT?! Next up, Portland chef Gregory Gourdet.

The 50 Best Restaurants In Asia 2014 List Revealed And Bangkok Is On Top

Thai chef David Thompson takes top honors
Feb 24, 2014 1:37 pm

In a ceremony earlier today in Singapore, the list for the top 50 restaurants in Asia were revealed and, as expected, there were some surprises (as any BEST IN THE WORLD lists will tend to produce). Bangkok chef David Thompson locked the #1 position for his restaurant, Nahm. Thompson is widely considered the father of modern Thai cooking and was previously the first chef to be awarded a Michelin star for Thai cooking in Europe. As for the other 49? 

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