The award was voted for by Takada's fellow chefs on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, where he's described as "serious and intently focused in the kitchen, but with a wicked sense of spontaneity and humour when off duty."
Takada has established himself as one of the most respected chefs in Japan and has contributed significantly to Asia’s culinary scene with his two Michelin starred restaurant La Cime drawing gourmets from around the world to sample the offerings in the culinary hotspot of Osaka.
Takada opened La Cime in the Hommachi district of Osaka in 2010 and it currently ranks No.14 on Asia's 50 Best Restaurant list. Over the last decade, the chef has honed his French training in refined dishes that blend classic French cooking techniques with seasonal Japanese ingredients. Many of his dishes are inspired by nature and his childhood having grown up in Japan’s Amami Islands.
Speaking of the award, William Drew, Director of Content at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “Through the Inedit Damm Chefs’ Choice Award, chef Yusuke Takada’s contemporaries have expressed their admiration for his creativity and talent. Chef Takada’s dishes honour his Japanese upbringing and demonstrate his respect for local ingredients and hyper-seasonality, while highlighting his craftsmanship and artistry.”
Previous winners of the Chefs’ Choice Award include Zaiyu Hasegawa (2019) and Yoshihiro Narisawa (2018).