World Chefs: Quotes from Danish chef Rene Redzepi

Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:25pm EDT
 
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COPENHAGEN (Reuters Life!) - Danish Restaurant Noma in Copenhagen was crowned the world's best restaurant in an annual list, toppling famed Spanish restaurant elBulli from the No. 1 slot after four consecutive years.

Below are some comments from Rene Redzepi, the 32 year-old who heads the restaurant, about foraging for ingredients, how he became a chef, the Nordic cuisine his restaurant has put on the gastronomic map, and how he might one day move on.

He was speaking to Reuters during an interview in Copenhagen during last December's climate change conference.

ON STARTING NOMA:

"Danish people for the most part thought it was a joke...when it comes to food we seem to think that everything south of the border is better than what we have ourselves, and I always used to say it is not better but different.

"There has been a big change in our part of the world now, now you can do whatever you want, you can open a restaurant and say I am only going to do a Danish flat bread restaurant and everyone says 'that is a good idea'."

USING ONLY NORDIC PRODUCTS

"There is a whole new generation here in this part of the world that just wants to do something else, that wants their own voice, their own language, and it makes sense that the starting point is our products, that we try to use only our own products."

"We challenge ourselves to create dishes and tastes that you usually wouldn't. Because if you at some point in the year were to have an ingredient sourcing problem it would be so easy just to take a mango, or piece of foie gras, or go with the evergreens that just work."   Continued...