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TBS Television, Inc.
April 26-July 12, 2015
#1: 120 min #2,3,6,9,11: 70 min
#4,5,7,8,10: 60 min #12: 90 min
Hisahide Sugimori "Tenno-no-Ryoriban"
Hiromi Go(guest appearance)
In Takefu, Fukui pref. 1904, a young unconscious man is brought to his home. His name is Tokuzo Akiyama, and he has just been expelled from a monastery only after three months. Unlike the first son ? Shutaro, who studies law in a university in Tokyo - Tokuzo gives up on things very easily. His worried father, Shuzo, arranges for his son to marry Toshiko of the Takahama family who runs a wholesale business that sells kelp seaweed. Tokuzo feels happy at first in his new life, but again, it doesn’t last for a long.
One day, a life-changing event happens to him. Newly-married Tokuzo encounters Tanabe, a chef at the Sabae Regiment while delivering kelp. Tanabe offers him a freshly-fried cutlet and Tokuzo is overwhelmed by the taste. “I want to cook food like this” he says. Though just a single piece of cutlet, the impact was so great it triggered a lifelong dream in Tokuzo to be “the best chef in Japan”. He takes his “dream” to Tokyo to turn it into a reality.
After visiting Shutaro in Tokyo, his professor at the university, Shogo Kirizuka, kindly arranges for Tokuzo to work in the kitchen in Kazoku Kaikan. While there, Tokuzo encounters master chef, Kenichi Usami, and falls into a world far more hostile than anything Tokuzo had imagined.
As a trainee Tokuzo meets his lifelong friends Shintaro Matsui and Tatsukichi Yamagami. Though life in the kitchen is far from easy, Tokuzo manages to carve out some success through his strong passion to be a great chef and also learning from Usami’s motto - “cooking is cordiality”.
Yet Tokuzo comes into some trouble - people are getting resentful of his success; he is kicked out of Kazoku Kaikan for failing to face Usami faithfully; his loving wife suddenly suggests a divorce; and his brother, Shutaro, is struck down by a serious illness.
Despite all these difficulties, he goes to Paris alone to pursue his dream. Overcoming racism and language barriers, Tokuzo is trained by Escoffier, a French chef known as the “God of French cuisine”. As he starts to build a strong presence in the Hotel Ritz, Tokuzo gets an offer to work as an Emperor’s cook in Japan.
Conflicted over whether or not to stay in France, Tokuzo decides to go back to become “the best chef in Japan” and realize the dream of ailing brother. At just 26, Tokuzo becomes the Emperor’s cook, hosting as many as 2,000 guests at the Emperor Taisho’s coronation ceremony with tributes from many foreign countries. For 58 years thereafter, Tokuzo Akiyama served as the Emperor’s cook.
In times of rapid change - Meiji, Taisho and Showa - there was a man who strived to fulfil his dream in cooking. A dream cannot be fulfilled alone or in one day. His family, friends and seniors supported him unconditionally. This is a story of a young man who devoted his life to his dream and those who supported him with love.