Once upon a time there was Choclate H, a delectable chocolate shop located in Roppongi on Keiakazaka dori, a street made up of fashion and Tsutaya’s 24 hour books shop. Le Chocolat de H, focusing on high-end chocolate, opened in 2003 and closed 10 years later, to be replaced by a new 14 seat counter styled restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Hironobu Tsujiguchi grew up in a family that ran a confectionery shop in Ishikawa Prefecture on the Sea of Japan, but it was the scrumptious cake he tasted at a friend’s birthday party in third grade that determined his destiny – to become a world-class patissier.
In realizing his dream, Tsujiguchi moved to Tokyo at age 18 as an apprentice to become a pastry chef, and at 23 became the youngest ever winner of the all-Japan patisserie artisan contest. Over the years, he has become a leader and continues to innovate. Sadly we will miss his shop closing which was a signature in the neighbourhood.
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