Four generations of Testuya Fujiwara’s family served as chefs in Japan, influencing Fujiwara’s career as a chef himself. He trained in French cuisine before moving to Italy and Spain, eventually working at L’Esguard.

Fujiwara returned to Japan in 2003, taking over the family restaurant and renaming it Fujiya 1935 to honor his great-grandfather’s original restaurant. (When it opened in 1935, it was considered one of the most popular restaurants in the city.)

Fujiwara’s fusion of European cuisine into those of his Japanese roots earned him three Michelin stars.