René Redzepi, the Danish chef behind one of the world’s most successful restaurants noma, has launched an app and website aimed at help you to forage. The app is called VILD MAD, Danish for wild food and is designed to teach you to read the landscape and to discover its culinary potential.
Redzepi is known for introducing foods that had been foraged to the fine dining restaurant scene and now he wants to help people to learn what is edible and what is not.
The aim behind the app is to help people explore their program cataloguing wild ingredients found in the Danish landscape, and the many ways to cook with them. The app is a comprehensive and free resource designed to help the Danish public sustainably explore and cook with wild food.
René Redzepi announced VILD MAD during the anniversary celebration for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants earlier this week.
The initiative includes a website and app, a curriculum for Danish schools, and foraging workshops led by fifty park rangers around the country. And while this program was created with the Danish landscape in mind, the website and app will also be available in English as well.
Redzepi said “we believe that cooking with wild ingredients can be an enriching and sustainable part of modern life. So, we’ve developed a range of tools, guides, and events that can help you find wild ingredients and cook with them.”
Since 2015, more than a hundred people – ranging from chefs and foragers to scientists, academics, and designers – have built an ambitious resource available to everyone who’s interested.
Redzepi wants schools to apply their curriculum. For now, it’s in Danish and tailored to the recently restructured Danish school system. They will also organise a number of foraging trips led by a VILD MAD ranger. Most events are free, while some have a nominal price tag that covers the overhead costs of the event.