The Danish Government and MAD, the Symposium set up by chef René Redzepi have announced the setting up of a gastronomic academy in Denmark.
The Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, and the Danish Minister of Environment and Food, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, have declared that they will support MAD (food in Danish) with a commitment of DKK 25.2 million (USD 3.8 million) over the next four years.
Rene Redzepi said we want to make the academy a place to learn all the things we don’t seem to learn when we are becoming cooks.
Melina Shannon di Pietro who runs the MAD Symposium said the work begins now. “With this new funding we will begin planning and designing the Academy and its course of study. Later this year, we’ll be hosting two intensive pilot programs to begin shaping our curriculum with an eye on the future, when we will accept applicants for immersive courses focused on topics such as leadership and management, environmental sustainability, and how to run a successful business.”
She said those who joined them in Copenhagen at the Sixth MAD Symposium last August may remember that in our concluding remarks, we talked about the future of MAD. “We shared our aspirations to create a new kind of education so members of our industry can gather to expand the ideas generated at our symposia, learn from one another, and continue to push the world of food forward. We dream of creating a vibrant place where students from around the world share their knowledge, learn from lectures and group activities, and collaborate with others who want to see a better future for food and the people who make it.”
MAD unites a global cooking community with a social conscience, a sense of curiosity, and an appetite for change. Together, we envision a better, healthier, more sustainable, more delicious world for cooks and eaters alike.
Chef and co-owner of restaurant noma René Redzepi launched MAD as a two-day symposium in 2011, when 300 chefs, restaurateurs, servers, and writers gathered in Copenhagen to discuss the future of food. Today, its programmes, publications and media span the globe, and its educational videos have been seen by millions of people.