Food & Drink

Noma hero— Copenhagen


René Redzepi is regarded as one of the best chefs in the world and is credited with putting Denmark on the culinary map. Monocle meets the man at the forefront of the New Nordic cuisine.

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René Redzepi walks out of the kitchen with a handful of raw carrots and introduces himself while munching on one. “I hope you don’t mind if I snack,” he says. “I eat all the time – I just love food.” His comment might sound like a cliché, especially coming from someone who’s regarded as the best chef in the world (Redzepi’s restaurant, Noma, has two Michelin stars and was recognised as the best restaurant in the world for three years straight at the San Pellegrino 50 Best awards, the Oscars of the culinary scene).

But in fact there was a time when…

René Redzepi CV

1977 Born in Copen-hagen and spends part of his childhood in Macedonia
1992 Enrols at the Hotel and Restaurant School in Valby
1993 Joins the Pierre André restaurant in Copenhagen
1999 Works at El Bulli in Roses, Spain
2001 Does a stint at the French Laundry in California
2003 Noma opens in Christianshavn
2006 Noma makes it to the 50 Best Restaurants list, debuting at number 33
2007 Noma receives two Michelin stars
2008 Establishes the Nordic Food Lab
2009 Lands third place in the 50 Best Restaurants list
2010 Wins first place in the 50 Best Restaurants awards
2011 Inaugurates the Mad Symposium, a worldwide food conference in Copenhagen
2012 Wins first place in the 50 Best Restaurants awards for the third year in a row


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