Chef Rene Redzepi of noma - Biography
Copenhagen , Denmark
Hailed as one of the most influential chefs on the international gastronomic scene, culinary wunderkind René Redzepi, 31, has literally re-invented the Nordic kitchen. As head chef and owner of the 2-star Michelin sensation noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, he has drawn on his own cultural heritage, offering an inventive blend of Nordic and Macedonian cuisine with a distinctive emphasis on regional specialties such as musk ox and local seafood.
Classically trained, Redzepi began his culinary career in 1993 at Copenhagen’s Restaurant Pierre André. Prior to opening noma in 2003, Redzepi worked at the 3-star Le Jardin Des Sens in Montpellier, France; Ferran Adrià’s acclaimed El Bulli in Rosas, Spain; Thomas Keller’s 3-star Michelin restaurant The French Laundry; and lastly, as sous chef under Chef Thomas Rode Andersen at Copenhagen’s famed Kong Hans Kælder.
Since the opening of noma, Redzepi and his restaurant have received numerous awards and accolades. Since 2005, noma has been continuously rated as best gourmet restaurant in Copenhagen by www.aok.dk. In 2007, noma ranked number 15 out of 50 restaurants on Restaurant Magazine’s “50 Best” restaurants in the world while Redzepi was voted “Best Chef Outside Italy” by Identita Golose. The restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star in 2005, its second in 2007. In 2006, Michelin recognized Redzepi as a “Rising Star” and was declared Honorary Chef by Madrid Fusion in 2008. In April of this year “S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants” bestowed their greatest honor on Chef Redzepi by placing noma at number one.