Katsuhiro Nakamura is a director and Honorary Grand Chef of Nippon Hotel, as well as a food editor.
Born in Kagoshima in southern Japan, Mr. Nakamura began his career at Hotel Ascot in Zurich in 1970.
In the 15 years that followed, he worked as a professional chef at top restaurants throughout France, from Aux Armes De France in Alsace to L'Oasis in Provence and Lasserre in Paris.
In 1979, he became Grand Chef of then-unknown restaurant La Bourdonnais in Paris.
His skills brought the restaurant renown, and he became the first Japanese person to receive a Michelin star.
In 1984, he returned to Japan, bringing authentic French cooking techniques with him. He was hired as Head Chef for the newly-opened Hotel Edmont (now Hotel Metropolitan Edmont) in Tokyo.
In 1994, he became an executive director and Executive Chef.
In 2003, he was awarded an Order of Agricultural Merit (Knight) from the French Republic.
In 2007, he became Executive Chef at the Windsor Hotel Toya Resort & Spa, which hosted the attendees of the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit in 2008. Mr. Nakamura oversaw the meals of all the world leaders and their suites.
In 2009, he became a director of Nippon Hotel.
In 2010, he was awarded an Order of Agricultural Merit (Officer) from the French Republic.
In 2013, he became Head Chef and Executive Chef Emeritus of Nippon Hotel.
In 2016, he was awarded an Order of Agricultural Merit (Commandeur) from the French Republic.
In 2017, he was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the FAO（Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) in 2017.