Danish cooking has undergone something of a revolution in the last decade or so. These days the restaurant menus of Copenhagen don’t simply look overseas for influences and ingredients.
Instead their chefs have learned to exploit the wonderful natural resources of the Nordic larder. Fresh seasonal vegetables, locally caught fish and cured or smoked fish and meats are some of the hallmark ingredients that have helped shape a modern local cuisine with international appeal.
See our guide to New Nordic restaurants.
The concept was founded back in 2004, when the Danish gastronomic entrepreneur and culinary ideologist Claus Meyer together with head chef Rene Redzepi took an initiative to organize ‘The Nordic Cuisine Symposium’. Preparing for the symposium, some of the greatest chefs in Scandinavia formulated the ‘New Kitchen Manifesto’ – (a manifesto like the other Danish-rooted movement, Lars von Trier’s Dogme 95).
Though New Nordic has its root in the North, the concept of innovation based on local premises can be appled everywhere. Many countries all over the world are boosting their local food scene by using the New Nordic manifest, and as a result of this, the restaurant world has become more sustainable.
A few years before the celebrated Rasmus Kofoed was voted the best chef in the world in 2011/2012 by Bocuse D’Or, from the Michelin starred Geranium, featuring their own style of gastronomy.
Rasmus Kofoed won bronze in 2005, silver in 2007 and gold in the 2010 Bocuse D'Or Europe - EM for chefs, which makes him the most winning chef ever in Bocuse D'Or. He is one of Denmark’s top chefs and his cuisine is partly organic and biodynamic and the restaurant is situated in the district of Østerbro with an incredible view of the park from the eighth floor.
When noma – as the leading example of the New Nordic Kitchen – in 2007 was nominated two Michelin stars, and later in 2010 elected the World’s Best Restaurant, the ideology quickly spread to the international gastronomic scene.
Restaurants like Geranium, RELÆ, BROR, Kadeau, Marv & Ben, AOC, No2, Radio and noma's little brother Restaurant 108, Michelin winner 2017, are all examples of popular Copenhagen restaurants where the modern Danish kitchen, with fresh, local ingredients and gastronomic diversity, are in focus.