Somehow sharing the news had completely slipped my mind, and now seems a little too overdue, nonetheless, Umu was awarded with 2nd star for Michelin Guide 2016.
No precedent existed for Japanese cuisine to attain 2-star status in Europe, where the judging criteria diverges from those in America and Japan. Achieving this prestige speaks of binary significances, ones I always bore in mind as targerts; a blast of an innovative wind through conservative European tradition and progression in people’s understanding towards Japanese cuisine and its concomitant culture in diverse environment. One day, one guest at a time, we worked hard believing, by always attending with sincerity, this moment would surely arrive. Yet a height of the hurdle exceeded expectation, and before I realised, 5 years have passed since I set my foot in London.
Re-educating staff, re-developing the route of food supply, enriching selection of appliance, and reviewing the state of our day-to-day service; tasks heaped during this course of time. Step by step, we marched our way forward, with the support from uncountable number of people. The first faces I pictured upon receiving the news were of fishermen who go out to the sea each day regardless to rough tide and perform Ikejime technique, as well as those of farmers who brought waste land into cultivation and deliver us organic vegetables. Subsequently upon receiving many congratulatory words I shared the rapture with the staff I spent day-to-day service with for those long 5 years.
Umu is finally standing at a new beginning. Continue to cherish and appreciate each and every day, we will take our new step.