René Redzepi, chef of noma, said the delay of noma 2.0 could end up being a good thing for the restaurant. Over the past few months, they have travelled the same journey they did 14 years ago when they opened noma in search of inspiration, new ideas and new ingredients.
“To have a month more to be able to work on the new menu is a good thing,” Rene said.
After their pop-up experience in Mexico, the chef and his team embarked on a journey over the summer months (see stunning video below).
The Danish chef said that they had gone back in time to the opening of noma 14 years ago and have covered the same journey they embarked on when they opened the restaurant. In the process, they have visited the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Sweden, Norway and the whole of Denmark.
“We have been from farm to farm, butcher to butcher, fisherman to fisherman simply trying to see what’s out there. Nothing beats meeting new people, meeting new friends and discovering new ingredients,” René said.
The chef said that they have been very inspired and have found a lot of great things. “We are excited for the next 14 years. We will be able to push again, to learn again and it is great to be searching not knowing 100 per cent where we want to go.”
The chef added that when they decided to close noma and reopen again in a new location, they could have fallen into the same routine. “But what if we cannot see the fresh opportunities, the new stuff that we have discovered, the new mindsets, the new inspiration. We are going to put all this into practical use.
René said that they had promised that they would not open until they are ready. “It is not a big delay but we will not be able to open in December.”
Because of archaeological finds, the restaurant will now open in the beginning of 2018. “In all honesty, it might even be a good thing. On this journey, there are many things that we have learnt. There is so much to work on. You will have to wait and see what’s coming,” said the noma chef.
In the meantime, Noma has a pop-up called Under the Bridge which will remain open until November 12.
For more information and to book a seat at Under the Bridge visit the website.