The lure of Danish restaurants

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Inside Noma. The quiet layout belies the excitement of its food

Inside Noma. The quiet layout belies the excitement of its food

Denmark is the home of Noma, the restaurant that has been named best in the world for four of the last six years.

But like other small countries that we have looked at in this series, it punches well above its size in the number of Michelin stars that it has achieved. The latest guide gives the country 26 stars across 22 restaurants which includes two for Noma.

But one restaurant, Geranium, has become a three star holder. Rasmus Kofoed, winner of the prestigious Bocuse d’Or and World’s Best Chef 2011, gained three stars for his organic world-class restaurant.

Copenhagen, the capital, has 16 of those 22 restaurants that have been honoured, a record for the city.

What is the reason for this success?

Chefs, both Danish and from around the world, are adapting time-honoured Danish dishes with their own original preparations, using local, seasonal ingredients and incorporating the influence of international cuisines. A prime example of this is British Michelin chef, Paul Cunningham, who took over as head chef at Henne Kirkeby Kro in West Jutland in 2012. Set in the relaxing countryside on Denmark’s West Coast, the inn, which first welcomed guests more than 175 years ago, now celebrates its first Michelin star and is a must-try for food lovers. Restaurant Kadeau, another newcomer to the Michelin star family, continues the New Nordic movement with a menu focused on produce from the Danish island of Bornholm, the ‘sunshine island’ in the Baltic Sea. Meanwhile, the restaurant at Hotel Frederiksminde offers exceptional dining experiences, with ingredients of the highest quality with fresh assortments from the sea, seasonal game and delicacies from small, local suppliers.

Gastronomy in Aarhus has also seen huge advancements in recent years with many new restaurants, bars and cafés adding to the city’s evolving culinary scene and making Aarhus more vibrant and stylish than ever. The kick-starter for the movement was the annual Aarhus Food Festivalwhich has grown to become one of the largest in Scandinavia and will celebrate its fifth anniversary this year. Three of the city’s restaurants have been recognised with a coveted Michelin star for the first time in 2015, all of which have maintained their star in the new Michelin Nordic Guide 2016.  Those are Restaurant Frederikshøj,  Restaurant  Substans and Restaurant Gastromé.

With such publicity for its chef’s over the last few years is it any wonder that the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism has awarded Aarhus and the surrounding area the title of European Region of Gastronomy for 2017?

For a full list of Denmark’s Michelin starred restaurants, click here or go to  www.visitdenmark.co.uk/en-gb/copenhagen/places-eat/michelin-starred-restaurants-denmark

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