You must be joking!
At one time it was considered a bad joke that the best restaurant in the world – The Fat Duck at the time – was located in the UK, a country not exactly known for its culinary tradition. The joke is still the same, it has just moved geographically.
The basic culinary tradition in Denmark was never much better than what you would find in the UK. It is a meat and potatoes kitchen – possibly with the one exception that did gain international notoriety, the Danish open-face sandwich.
Now Denmark does not only host the world’s best restaurant, Noma and the world’s best chef, Rasmus Kofoed (Bocuse d’Or 2011) – it also has more Michelin stars (11) than any of the other Scandinavian capitals, with Stockholm is second with (8), Oslo (6) and Helsinki (5).
But Noma and the other high profile establishments are just the top of the iceberg. Copenhagen now also offers a multitude of creative and inspiring food service venues in every imaginable category. This has clearly also caught the attention of the international foodie establishment. The New York Times wrote: Eating in Copenhagen? Lucky you!. And the Guardian wrote “Copenhagen is truly in the foodie spotlight”
So how does a small country that has a population that is smaller than Hamburg’s and a ‘village’ of a capital that would fit within two Parisian arrondissements, pull that off?
For more on that as well as my very personal guide to the Copenhagen Restaurant Scene please download the file Copenhagen Food Safari
You will find it in two versions
Copenhagen Food Safari – Pdf version
Copenhagnen Food Safari – Epub Version
( works great on iPad or iPhone if you want something mobile)
The article was first published in Food Service Europe in a shorter version – you will find that version here