Making a Stir in Ginza, an All-Female Traditional Cooking Team: “Tsurutokame”
While there are numerous restaurants in Ginza, few are as unique and stimulating as “Tsurutokame”, which opened last December. This restaurant is making waves, all because of its seven female chefs who are cooking up a storm. All of Tsurutokame’s chefs are women, something exceptionally rare in the world of traditional Japanese cooking.
From the moment you open the door, there is a sense of hospitality and a refreshing mood you can’t miss. Facing the 15 counter seats are the chefs dressed in white chefs clothes. Arriving at the counter, you’re greeted with a smile and a warm greeting, with the seating the cooking area surprisingly close. Each cook is highly trained, and their display of skill is impressive. Some of them are even licensed to cook fugu (blowfish), or to deal with soft shelled turtles, making their cooking a form of entertainment for the culinarily curious.
According to the owner of the shop, the reason for having an all female cooking team is as follows.
“I wanted to overturn the preconception that ‘Chef = Man’. I hoped the shop could represent how wonderful it is that women can do the work they want to, and show how far they can go.”