Denmark's Noma restaurant wins third Michelin star

Chef and co-owner Rene Redzepi paid tribute to all the staff who had worked their over its 18 years in business. ©AFP

Copenhagen (AFP) - Copenhagen restaurant  Noma, one of the world's top eateries, on Monday picked up a coveted third Michelin star.

The new entry on the restaurant in Michelin's guide to the Nordic countries said: "It has a strong connection to nature and its holistic approach sees unusual seasonal ingredients showcased in creative and complex dishes."

Noma has regularly ranked in the top 10 of "The World's 50 Best Restaurants" list, including number two in 2019 and number one for three years running from 2010 to 2012.

And for the last 12 years, it held two stars from the Michelin restaurant guide.

"This is one of the highest mountains to scale in the restaurant world," wrote chef Rene Redzepi on Instagram.

He paid tribute to "the hundreds of cooks and servers, stages and dishwashers" who had passed through the restaurant in its 18 years of existence.

Forced to close for six months during the Covid crisis, Noma reopened in June of this year.

The new guide also awarded three stars to another Nordic restaurant: Maaemo, in Oslo, Norway, run by chef Esben Holmboe Bang.

The only other three-star restaurant in the region is the Frantzen, in Stockholm, run by chef Bjorn Frantzen.

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