In 2004, under the initiative of René Redzepi and Claus Meyer, professional chefs and food connoisseurs came together to start a culinary revolution: New Nordic Cuisine was officially born.
Using the culinary mantra “purity, simplicity and freshness”, today the cuisine showcases seasonal produce, cooked using traditional Nordic techniques to create simple, fresh and nature-imbibed dishes. Smoked, cured, salted and marinated meats and fish hold strong amongst other organic and freshly grown ingredients. Each dish is a celebration of traditional Scandinavian recipes that stay true to the extreme seasonal weather.
With two Michelin star restaurant, Noma having taken the world by storm since opening in 2004, Nordic cuisine started to become something of a trend, developing quickly into a sought-after global culinary phenomenon. Today, it is an culinary entity that stands strong.
Featuring the best restaurants from Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, the Nordics guide will be released in early April. Rebecca Burr, editor of the Michelin Guide Nordics told us:
"I'm extremely happy to confirm that 2014 will see the launch of the Michelin Guide Nordics. The Michelin Guide was one of the first to recognise the standard of food in parts of the Nordics, and since then the cuisine there has evolved even further. It has also become more accessible, which is great news.
Nordic cooking has a long and rich heritage, and it is largely based on the skilful combination of fresh, local ingredients. We felt it was time to recognise the strength of the culinary offer in the Nordic countries with a separate guide."
Without further ado, FOUR has compiled a list of some of those that we consider very likely…
With chef René Redzepi at its helm, having been helmed as the World's Best Restaurant and with two Michelin stars under its wing, Noma likely to be written into the guide with permanent marker.
Restaurant Frantzén, Sweden
Chef Björn Frantzén heads up two Michelin star Swedish Restaurant Frantzén, which is considered to be at the vanguard of Nordic cuisine.
Tucked away in the Swedish countryside, Faviken is nothing other than a embodiment of Nordic delights. Heralded as a master forager and inspired by Nordic traditions, head chef Magnus Nilsson heads up an exceptional kitchen.
Mathias Dahlgren, Sweden
Four times selected the Swedish Chef of the Year, Mathias Dahlgren's restaurant at the Grand Hotel has been praised for its modern Swedish food, using the country's culinary traditional as a basis to build his simplistic dishes.
Adam Aamanns heads up Aamanns, which focuses on classical Danish cuisine, with modern highlights. The Copenhagen-based restaurant was such a success that chef Aamanns has just opened a New York branch.
Stay posted for more news about the exact date of the Michelin Guide Nordics’ launch!
Dish © Noma
Rene Redzepi © Noma
Kalix Caviar © Mathias Dahlgren
Mathias Dahlgren © Mathias Dahlgren
Björn Frantzén © Frantzén
Restaurant Frantzén © Frantzén