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Chef Laurent Peugeot’s restaurant, Le Charlemagne, overlooks the lush vineyards of Corton-Charlemagne in French Burgundy and offers panoramic views across the valley during the day. At night, the restaurant turns into a food and light show. Each of the 11 tables in the restaurant – known for its fusion of French-Japanese cuisine – is equipped with special lamps. Each course bathes the dish in a different color of the spectrum to add to the visual story. “We always eat with our eyes first. For me, the presentation of food is important,” says the one-Michelin-starred chef. Peugeot was named ‘Best Young Chef of the Year’ by Gault Millau in 2007 and achieved its first star in the same year.

In town for a week-long pop-up hosted by Singapore-based company 4XFOUR, Peugeot serves up some of its signature dishes at Juhu’s JW Marriott. His fusion food menu will feature chicken breast with yuzu koshio, a Japanese blend of lime and chili, and scallops marinated in a sake and soy sauce. A champion of the slow cooking movement, Peugeot will use the thermal circulation pump and cook the meat sous-vide to cook its creations to perfection.

After spending five years in Japan, discipline in cooking followed by Japanese chefs comes naturally to him. “Their approach to food is methodical and precise. At the same time, Japanese food is healthier compared to French food, which is often made with a lot of butter, cream and wine,” he says. For over a decade, Japanese chefs have headed the most prestigious cuisines in France and the country’s cuisine is hot property. Chef Shinsuke Nakatani, for example, pays tribute to French cuisine at his restaurant of the same name in Paris. Similarly, chef Shinichi Sato moved to Japan over a decade ago and started Passage 53 — a popular restaurant housed in a 19th-century Parisian arcade — which won two Michelin stars within two years of opening.

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Peugeot’s culinary journey began in his home country and took him to Japan. “I worked with two Michelin star chef Jacques Lameloise 15 years ago and he had a Japanese girl on his team. Then I fell in love with her and the kitchen,” Peugeot says.

As part of a series of pop-ups, JW Marriott will host Chef Giovanni d’Amatp from April 15-19.

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