Born in Messina, Sicily in 1982 and having emigrated to Denmark with his family at age seven, Christian F Puglisi’s Sicialian heritage is at the heart of his gastronomic being.
Christian’s mother, a Norweigan, and his father, who worked in an Italian restaurant while he was growing up, both have a love for Italian food, which they bestowed upon him. He describes his earliest memory of his relationship with food as being ‘fascinated by…the pizza maker’ at the restaurant where his father worked.
His passion and drive for a career in cooking led him into some of the world’s most influential kitchens, including Noma and elBulli, working with master chefs René Redzepi and Ferran Adrià.
In August 2010, together with co-patron and restaurant manager Kim Rossen, Christian opened restaurant Relæ in Copenhagen.
Relæ was awarded its first Michelin star in 2012 and a nomination as the 56th best restaurant in the world according to San Pellegrinos ‘50’s best restaurant’.
Christian also has a second restaurant concept in Copenhagen, Manfreds og Vin, which is located directly opposite restaurant Relæ in Copengahen. Originally a small hole-in-the-wall takeaway, Manfreds og Vin is now a popular wine bar.
With his past at elBulli and Noma Christian has a deep focus on the development of his dishes and works creatively in the restaurants small test-kitchen on a day to day basis.
In addition, both Relæ and Manfreds have the Danish organic certification, making Relæ the only michelin starred restaurant with an organic certification in the world.
- 1 Michelin star
- No. 56, The World's 50 Best Restaurants, 2013