Ippei Matsumoto : “French cuisine as only Japan can do.”

  • 1 Michelin Star chef
  • Japanese chef based in Tokyo
  • Fusion cuisine : French technics & Japanese ingredients

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A strong seasonal sensibility by master chef Ippei Matsumoto

Ippei Matsumoto was born in 1974 in Wakayama prefecture. With family business being an “oden” (a Japanese hot-pot dish) eatery, cooking interested Matsumoto from an early age.
After completing a vocational training course at a culinary college, he worked at a restaurant in Nara, before moving to the French restaurant “Vincent” in Roppongi, Tokyo. There, he first worked as a front of the house staff, before progressing to the kitchen to work in a wide range of positions from a patissier to a saucier. In 2000, Matsumoto moved to Namur, Belgium, to join Michelin-starred “L’Essentiel”. Returning to Japan in 2002, he worked at “Au Goût du Jour” in Tokyo (now closed), then at “Au Goût du Jour Merveille” in Nihonbashi area of Tokyo, where he worked as the Head Chef for ten years.
Ippei Matsumoto opened “La Paix” in 2014, and has earned prestigious one star in the Michelin Guide in 2018.

Concept of ‘La Paix’

“La Paix” – “the peace” in French – is a small restaurant with just twenty seats, the intimacy enables us to stay in tune and form closer bonds with our customers.

Our aim is to fuse the traditions of classical French cookery with the lightness of modern styles
using choice ingredients from carefully selected producers around the country to create a cuisine which resonates with its French roots, and mirrors the every-changing seasons we cherish in Japan.

Everyday, we take great care to ensure that we offer a harmonious and serene dining experience and to serve our customers with genuine hospitality. We treasure every encounter and connection.



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