What are Grant Achatz’s favorite cities?
Tokyo, Kyoto, New York City — even though I know that’s kind of a cliché answer — and my own city, Chicago. You don’t even want to get me started on Japan. Tokyo is like New York in its aesthetic, energy and vibrancy, but what Tokyo has over New York is that the Japanese culture is so disciplined and hospitable. It is phenomenal. What resonates with me about Japan in general is that they really think about everything they do: When you walk into the department store, the fruit is perfect, and they would never think of it any other way. It’s mind-blowing.