Gordon Ramsay had visited Noma and hated it according to the award winning chef René Redzepi who was answering a question and answer session he organsied on Reddit called Ask Me Anything. “But he was nice about it,” Redzepi said with a smiley.
The AMA (as Ask Me Anything is called on Reddit) is full of incredible insights from one of the best chefs in the world. Here are some of the highlights, but if you are interested you might want to check out the whole session here.
Redzepi is a chef from Denmark and the son of an Albanian Muslim immigrant and a Danish mother. He trained in many restaurants around the world before returning to Copenhagen and opening Noma in 2003.
The restaurant celebrates the Nordic region’s ingredients and aims to present a kind of cooking that expresses its location and the seasons, drawing on a local network of farmers, foragers and purveyors. Noma has held 2 Michelin stars since 2007 and was voted best Restaurant in the world in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. In January, they moved the entire restaurant to Japan for a five-week pop-up where they created a completely new menu comprised only of local Japanese ingredients.
Redezepi says this is one of the most fantastic experiences he has been part of and a learning experience for the whole team. He said however, that it was very difficult and the biggest challenge was to get working visas for 70 people when the staff come from everywhere from Gambia to Mexico to northern Sweden.
Here are some of the highlights of the session: