Chef and Co-Owner
One of the best-known chefs online, Rene Redzepi’s beautiful creations — collections of vegetables, tropical fruits, pasta dishes, seafood, interspersed with images of Rene himself — reach millions of people through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Professionally, Redzepi is the enigmatic head chef and co-owner of Noma, in Copenhagen, which has two Michelin stars. It was voted the best restaurant in the world by World’s Best Restaurants in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. Redzepi has been at the heart of this, and is known for revitalising Nordic cuisine, specialising in inventiveness and clean flavours.
Redzepi spent lots of his childhood in Macedonia, where they ate mostly vegetarian, locally-sourced food. He left high school at 15 to enroll in cooking school. He trained at a family-owned Michelin-starred restaurant called Pierre André in Copenhagen, then worked at El Bulli during the 1999 season. Redzepi opened the restaurant Noma in 2004 as head chef.
As a throwback to his time in Macedonia, Redzepi does research by foraging for food in the wild, and focuses on fermentation and dehydration, experimenting with using “as much of plants, meat, and fish as possible.”
In 2011, the chef set up The Mad Feed, a two-day symposium in which 300 chefs, restaurateurs, servers and writers met in Copenhagen to discuss the future of food. It’s now developed into a fully-fledged non profit organisation and a global cooking community “with a social conscience and an appetite for change.” The Mad Feed has also just launched an academy, with Magnus Faviken, formerly head of celebrated restaurant Faviken in Sweden, as its new Director.
Redzepi has written books on fermentation, and appeared on the hit Netflix cooking show Ugly Delicious. He’s also married to and has a family with chef Nadine Levy Redzepi, who wrote the hit book ‘Downtime: Deliciousness at Home.’Tags: Denmark, food and drink, Noma, Rene Redzepi
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