Copenhagen’s Noma Wins Third Michelin Star As Denmark Dominates Nordic Guide

By David Nikel, Contributor
Copenhagen's Noma is renowned for its use of seasonal, local ingredients such as this 'summer pie pile' featuring rhubarb and raspberries. Noma

It's long been known around the world as one of Europe's finest restaurants, but a third Michelin star had always been just out of reach—until now. Copenhagen’s Noma winning a third star was the headline news at the 2021 Nordic Michelin Star revelation event held in Stavanger, Norway.

Soon after its opening in 2003, Noma spearheaded the 'New Nordic' concept of the authentic use of local ingredients and cooking methods. Noma quickly became a destination of choice with foodies from all over the world, winning the world's best restaurant award a staggering four times.

Several Noma alumni have gone on to open successful restaurants in Copenhagen, putting their own twist on the concept.

Despite this success, the third Michelin star had always remained elusive. "I don’t know what to say. I’m completely flabbergasted,” said Noma chef and co-owner René Redzepi at the award ceremony.

Rene Redzepi is chef and co-owner of the world-famous Danish restaurant Noma in Copenhagen. AFP via Getty Images

Redzepi also went on to pick up the mentor chef award. A post on Noma’s Facebook page thanked its collaborators including "farmers, winemakers and foragers."

A starry night for Copenhagen

The Noma award capped a fantastic night for the Danish capital. Geranium held on to is three stars, cementing former Bocuse d'Or winning chef Rasmus Kofoed's position as one of the biggest names in Scandinavian cuisine.

Among the total of 14 Copenhagen restaurants to make the cut, The Samuel won its first star. The restaurants Alchemist, Kadeau and Kong Hans Kælder picked up two stars, the latter having won Denmark's first Michelin star back in 1983.

Three Copenhagen restaurants also took home green Michelin stars in recognition of their environmental work: Terra, Ark and Brace. The Michelin Young Chef Award also came to Copenhagen, awarded to chef Christoffer Sørensen from Studio.

More Danish success

Denmark also saw success outside the capital city. In total, 27 restaurants received a total of 36 stars.

There was also Danish influence in Norway, where Oslo's Maeemo regained its three-star status. The popular restaurant was removed from the 2020 guide because of a temporary closure ahead of a relocation to the Barcode business district. "It feels good to be back," said Maeemo's Danish head chef Esben Holmboe Bang.

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