COPENHAGEN: Rasmus Kofoed, chef of Danish restaurant Geranium has announced that he will no longer be serving meat at the acclaimed restaurant in Copenhagen. “I have not been eating meat at home for the last five years so to no longer use meat on the new menu was a logical decision and a natural progression for Geranium.”
The Danish restaurant, which placed second in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in Antwerp last month has long focused on vegetables, fish and shellfist as the star of the plate with only small quantities of meat being used. “The menu is a reflection of me and how I am evolving as a chef and human being,” Rasmus Kofoed said.
The restuarant is firm favourite to top the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list next year given their placing this year and their constant progression.
“I see this as a challenge to create new dishes which celebrate seafood from pristine waters and vegetables from local, organic and biodynamic farms which thrive in Denmark and Scandinavia. From my perspective, change is good, we grow from it, we learn from it, we step out of our comfort zone and ofen we benefit from it,” the chef said.
While the decision may not be as drastic as the one taken by Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park which went completely plant-based it nevertheless confirms a tectonic shift taking place at the highest levels of gastronomy.
His mother is vegetarian which means that Kofoed is very attentive to vegetables in his cuisine. Even in 2017, he was already saying we should eat less meat because it is not good for the environment and also for our health.
“I remember my mother drying camomile, picking wild nettles for soup or wild mushrooms. These are all memories from childhood which I try to replicate in my cooking,” he had told Food and Wine Gazette in an interview.