So where did the judges eat when the cam­eras weren’t rolling? Matt re­veals all

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - DESTINATION JAPAN - MATT PRE­STON

One of the great things about MasterChef’s over­seas trip to Tokyo this year was that we had enough time to eat at all the res­tau­rants we were to fea­ture be­fore we shot with them. Ko­dama was a tiny and very per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence. Ev­ery­thing you eat is cooked by chef Ko­dama-san whether it’s the puffer fish, cod milt (sperm sacs) or a delicious dish of hairy crab with red rice. Chal­leng­ing for West­ern palates at times, but we loved the way he used all the dif­fer­ent parts and of­fal of the fish in el­e­ments like the soba noo­dles or sauce.

Note – and how can I put this del­i­cately – the bill was nowhere as small as the restau­rant!

One must-do on all our lists was Nari­sawa, which reg­u­larly fea­tures in the up­per ech­e­lons of any list of the world’s best mod­ern res­tau­rants – cur­rently No.18. Din­ner here didn’t let us down.

It was cherry blos­som time so it ap­peared not just pret­ty­ing up plates but also in gels and del­i­cate sauces in dishes that were as artis­tic as they



MasterChef judges in Japan, (from left) Gary Me­hi­gan, Matt Pre­ston and Ge­orge Calom­baris.

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