About Natsuko Shoji
Whoever said fashion and culinary arts cannot be merged has never met Natsuko Shoji. The queen of cakes shared that her mother was an avid fashion lover, and this became such a huge influence on her.
“I love fashion too, that is how Ete’s cakes were born,” she added. At just 29 years old, the pastry chef has cemented her name in the male-dominated Japanese culinary scene and has also carved a distinct path for herself through her unique work.
According to Shoji, her favorite subject when she was in high school was home economics, adding that her early assignment to make cream puffs started her love affair with the culinary arts.
“I got very interested in baking, then I made a lot of cream puffs for my friends… it was such a wonderful way to make something for people who are important to me,” she said.
Right after she graduated high school, she nabbed a sought-after position at the most progressive French-rooted restaurant in Tokyo, Florilège, which holds the third spot on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 list, and boasts two Michelin stars. After spending three years under the tutelage of Hiroyasu Kawate, she opened Été.