A fourth Michelin star is awarded to Japan's IHG hotel chain
Posted on 06/12/2017

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IHG hotels in Japan have added an extraordinary fourth Michelin star to their already impressive collection. This remarkable achievement marks yet another nod of global recognition towards the chain's exceptional dining experiences.

Osaka, location of the ANA Crowne Plaza

Osaka, location of the ANA Crowne Plaza
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Japan's IHG hotel chain represents a joint venture between IHG and the Japanese airline ANA. Currently there are 33 hotels throughout Japan operating under the IHG brand. This week the chain has been awarded a fourth Michelin star across three of its magnificent restaurants - "Pierre Gagnaire" at the ANA InterContinental Tokyo, "Pierre" at the InterContinental Osaka and "Maison Tateru Yoshino" at the ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka.

Within its first year of operation, the ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka has scooped up its first Michelin Star, taking the chain's collective total from three to four. Additionally, it ranks as the first hotel in world under the Crowne Plaza branding to receive the coveted culinary accolade. No doubt the restaurant's impressive contemporary French cuisine, innovative, carefully selected dishes, and offer of a personal, five-star dining experience are contributing factors to its success.

ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka's Head Chef, Tateru Yoshino, explained to Travel Daily "It is a huge honor to earn a coveted Michelin Star in our restaurant's first year. Our service team's attention to detail provides each guest with a memorable dining experience for lunch or dinner, and the striking white and gold interior by designer Toshio Nagao creates an elegant and sophisticated space inspired by my native Kikai Island."

The addition of a fourth Michelin Star to the hotel's already impressive collection of culinary awards is wonderful for the international reputation of IHG. "This is truly brilliant recognition for the amazing culinary talent we have in our hotels. There is good reason why so many Japanese guests and visitors, including myself, count these restaurants amongst their favorites," the company's CEO, Hans Heijligers, told Travel Daily.