René Redzepi’s Noma finally earns third Michelin Star
The Michelin Guide Nordic Countries 2021 – covering Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – was unveiled yesterday (13 September 2021). Announced at a televised event at the Stavanger Concert Hall in Norway, this is the first year that the Guide has been published solely in digital format.
The Three-star Winners
After years of being stuck on two stars, despite winning every other corvette culinary accolade, René Redzepi’s Noma, in Copenhagen, Denmark, was finally awarded three Michelin Stars.
A caption on Noma’s Instagram feed read: ‘The seemingly impossible has happened’
Redzepi also received the Michelin Chef Mentor Award, one of the four special awards presented, in recognition of the influence he has had on the numerous chefs who have passed through his kitchen.
Maaemo in Oslo, Norway was also awarded three stars, along with a Michelin Green Star for its sustainability credentials.
According to Michelin, three stars signify ‘exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey’, while two stars denote ‘excellent cooking, worth a detour’.
The Two-star Winner
Kong Hans Kælder in Copenhagen, Denmark doubled its Michelin Star count from one to two and nine restaurants were awarded one Michelin Star.
In Sweden, the establishments awarded one star are:
Aira, Stockholm (new entry)
Project, Gothenburg (promoted from a Bib Gourmand)
ÅNG, Tvååker (new entry; also awarded a Michelin Green Star)
Hotell Borgholm, Öland (promoted from a Bib Gourmand)
In Denmark, establishments awarded one star are:
The Samuel, Copenhagen (new entry)
Substans, Aarhus (new entry)
LYST, Vejle (new entry)
Syttende, Sønderborg (new entry)
Michelin Guides international director Gwendal Poullennec said: “The quality of the cooking in this part of the world continues to thrill and amaze us, and the creativity and innovation of these new Michelin Stars make them some of the most exciting we have seen. Over the past year, it has also been great to witness the Nordic residents supporting their local restaurants during this unusually tough period and we thank them for helping maintain a dynamic restaurant scene.”
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