René Redzepi’s world-beating restaurant, Noma, in Copenhagen, has finally received three Michelin Stars. For many, this has been a very long time coming.
Opening the first time round in 2003 and smashing the accolades like an establishment possessed, Noma won the title of World”s Best Restaurant in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. Known for putting Nordic cuisine firmly on the culinary map, Redzepi still couldn’t grasp that elusive third star, despite sitting on top of the world rankings according to Restaurant magazine.
The Michlin Guide Nordic Countries 2021 covers Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and the new stars were unveiled on the evening of Monday 13 September during a televised launch at the Stavanger Concert Hall, Norway.
Michlin said Noma “has a strong connection to nature and its holistic approach sees unusual seasonal ingredients showcased in creative and complex dishes.”
Moving to new premises gave rise to the second and current incarnation of the restaurant, and brought with it a reignited focus on seasonal food.
On achieving the 3-star rating, Redzepi looked stunned.
“I’m completely flabbergasted. I really, honestly am completely surprised,” he said, with a glass of wine still intact in his left hand. I feel something I haven’t felt before, I don’t know what to express right now.
This is 14 years of waiting. We have patience, but at one point you also think maybe it’s just never going to happen.”