The family business runs strong for many chefs on this list. Yoshihiro Murata‘s family ran Kikunoi Restaurant in Kyoto, where Murata learned the basics and developed a love for cooking.

Moving to France to study cooking, Murata returned to Japan and became an apprentice at Kamome before returning to the family business. However, Murata chose to open his own restaurant, Kikunoi Kiyamachi. Additional restaurants followed, including three-star Kikunoi Honten and Kikunoi Akasaka and Kikunoi Roan, which each were awarded two stars, giving Murata seven stars.

A renowned master, Murata has received multiple awards for his accomplishments as a chef and serves as the director of the NPO Japanese Culinary Academy, which he helped found in 2004.