COPENHAGEN: Noma, the acclaimed restaurant of René Redzepi, considered by many as one of the most influential restaurants, if not the most influential restaurant of the last decade has finally clinched 3 Michelin stars.
It has been one of the most mysterious questions among food lovers as to how noma had never received 3 stars in its 18 year history. But Michelin has finally solved the conundrum by awarding noma three Michelin stars. In its note, it says René Redzepi’s urban oasis Noma has a strong connection to nature and its holistic approach sees unusual seasonal ingredients showcased in creative and complex dishes.
“The seemingly impossible has happened,” the restaurant said on its Facebook page. “To us, this is an achievement that solidifies Copenhagen as one of the best places in the world for restaurants right now.”
“We want to thank our wonderful guests for their support over the past 18 years and a huge shout of course to all our collaborators – farmers, winemakers, foragers – everyone that has been part of our giant puzzle and most of all our team both past and present,” the restaurant said.
Rene Redzepi welcomed the news in his unique way putting the spotlight on all the team website in his Instagram Stories. He hailed Ali, the wisest of them all for not having a social media account.
The guide also announced that Maaemo in Oslo rejoined the guide with three Michelin stars in its new location.
Michelin has also awarded two Michelin stars to atmospheric cellar restaurant Kong Hans Kaelder.
Nine restaurants have been awarded with one Michelin star. In Finland, the star went to Finnjavel Salonki in Helsinki. Sweden also got four new Michelin star restaurants. These are Aira in Stockholm, Project in Gothenburg, ANG in Tvaaker and Hotell Borgholm on the island of Oland.
The other four Michelin star restaurants are in Denmark. The Samuel in Copenhagen run by the same owner of the now-closed former Star Clou clinched one star like Substans in Aarhus, Lyst in Vejle and Syttende in Sonderborg.
“It is mind blowing to receive this first star for The Samuel this fast. It reminds me of how it felt to win my first star years ago. My childhood dream was always to get a Michelin star, something that we achieved in 2014 with my previous restaurant, CLOU, but that now feels even sweeter. The Samuel is my most personal project to date. It’s the restaurant I always wanted and never had, the result of all my years of experience in the kitchen and it’s even named after my oldest son, so this star means the world to me.” was Jonathan Berntsen’s first comment after learning about the accolade.
In the evening the accolades for Rene Redzepi and team started to come in. Restaurant Jordnaer said the restaurant that in many ways has changed Denmark and changed the way hundreds of thousands of chefs cook food and how millions perceive it finally received the third Michelin star that it had deserved for so long in the hearts of many. “We at Jordnaer are very prouf of you and what you have made possible for all of us.”