Zaiyu Hasegawa
Founder & Chef of Den in Tokyo
Chef Hasegawa is beloved by diners for his ingenuity, innovation, and intent to make guests smile. At his restaurant in Tokyo, he melds technically savvy Japanese cooking techniques and playful presentations to create modern kaiseki – small, intricate dishes featuring the freshest seasonal flavors of Japan. Chef Hasegawa's artistry won Den two Michelin stars in 2018, and again in 2019. Den also ranked No. 2 on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2018, No. 17 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018, and won the title of The Best Restaurant in Japan 2018.