Chef Taro Takayama is a native of Wakayama, near Osaka, home to extraordinary scenic beauty and some of Japan’s best ramen. His passion for Japanese cuisine took root here, and in the comforting taste of childhood dishes that is deeply etched in his memory. Chef Taro began his career at three-star Michelin restaurants in Osaka, namely Kashiwaya in Senriyama, and Koryu in Kitashinchi. In 2013, a mere eight years since making the decision to pursue his culinary calling, he was appointed Master Chef at the residence of the Japanese Ambassador to Singapore. It was a coveted assignment that saw him serve up his creations to celebrities and dignitaries, including Japan’s Crowne Prince Naruhito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Having developed a deep appreciation for Singapore’s cultural diversity and local cuisine, Chef Taro stayed on in Singapore and went on to become Chef de Cuisine at Mandarin Orchard Singapore. At Takayama, he continues to delight diners with his culinary artisanry that celebrates the authentic flavours and meticulous simplicity of Japanese food at its finest.