The Shining Stars of Denmark
Once again the sky in Denmark is sparkling with gastronomic stars. The new 2012 edition of the Michelin Guide has awarded Copenhagen no less than 14 of the prestigious stars. Not only is that more than for any other Scandinavian city, it is also more than other gastronomically acknowledged cities such as Amsterdam, Vienna and Rome. Copenhagen is yet again enforcing its position as one of the gastronomic frontrunners in Europe.
Capital Copenhagen is simply covered in star dust, as this year’s edition has awarded 4 new restaurants in Copenhagen with a Michelin star, bringing the number of Michelin restaurants in the city to a total of 13.
New stars in the sky
At last, Rasmus Kofoed, winner of the prestigious Bocuse d’Or, also World’s Best Chef, has for the first time achieved a Michelin star for his organic 8th floor restaurant, Geranium, overlooking the Faelledsparken Park.
Restaurant Relæ has been awarded its first star. The restaurant was elected Best Restaurant in Copenhagen in 2011 and Head Chef, Christian Puglisi, is a former chef at the world’s best restaurant, Noma. Relæ is located in a rustic cellar in the up and coming trendy district of Nørrebro, and with its well-deserved star, foodies now have an opportunity to enjoy Michelin food at affordable prices.
The city’s third new Michelin restaurant is also in the affordable end of the scale. Grønbech & Churchill is led by charismatic top chef, Rasmus Grønbech, and the kitchen’s focus is on a combination of classic and innovative cuisine.
The final new star goes to the idyllic restaurant, Den Røde Cottage. The little cottage is situated in a picturesque clearing of the tranquil forest in Klampenborg in the Northern part of Copenhagen. Anita Klemmensen is the 34 year old female Head Chef keeping the pots boiling, and she has now put a feminine star on the male-dominated Michelin map.
Noma - The Northern Star
Copenhagen’s flagship restaurant and the world’s best restaurant two years in a row, noma kept its 2 stars which it has held since 2007. Star chef, René Redzepi. Many were waiting for the coveted 3rd star, but real gourmands may disagree with the Michelin guides, as waiting time for a reservation from across the world is at least three months.
It is soon time for UK’s The Restaurant Magazine, to announce its Worlds 50 Best Restaurant Awards at the end of April. Will Denmark’s Noma make it to the top for a third year running?
Although the Michelin Guide only covers the Danish capital, the rest of Denmark is also reaching for the gastronomic sky. Dragsholm Castle is one of the restaurants where you can enjoy top-class culinary experiences in rural surroundings. Or try Henne Kirkeby Kro in West Jutland where British Michelin chef, Paul Cunningham, recently took over as head chef. In 2011, this restaurant won the prize as Nordic Restaurant of the Year.
Copenhagen Cooking Festival
The gastronomy scene of Denmark is not all about Michelin stars. Among other events, Denmark hosts the popular food festival, Copenhagen Cooking, the largest of its kind in Scandinavia, with plenty of delicious delights to suit all tastes and pockets whether you are into innovative molecular food like whipped cream made with ultra sound, classical dishes like smørrebrød or you just want to wander around and grab a little taste of everything; there will be lots of things to indulge in during Copenhagen cooking. This year’s Copenhagen Cooking will run from August 24 – September 2, and for the third time in a winter edition will take place in February 2013.
The complete list of Michelin restaurants in Copenhagen in 2012
2 stars: Noma.
1 star: Geranium (New), Grønbech & Churchill (New), Relæ (New),
Den Røde Cottage (New), AOC, Herman, Kokkeriet, Era Ora, Formel B, Kiin Kiin, Kong Hans Kælder og Søllerød Kro.
Bib Gourmand: Marv & Ben (New), Orangeriet, Enomania, Mêlée, Søren K, Skovshoved, Famo, Frederiks Have, Kanalen, Kødbyens Fiskebar, L’Altro og Sommelier.
How to get there
Flight time to Denmark is just 90 minutes from the UK. Ryanair flies from London Stansted to Aarhus and Billund every day. Ryanair also operates three flights a week from Edinburgh to Billund. EasyJet flies to Copenhagen everyday from Manchester, Stansted and Gatwick, BA operates daily flights to Copenhagen from London Heathrow as well as to Billund from Manchester. SAS also flies to Copenhagen several times a day from London Heathrow as well as from Manchester, Birmingham and Aberdeen and Dublin. Or you can bring your car on the ferry with DFDS Seaways, which serves the Harwich to Esbjerg route every other day. The crossing is over night and with all the on board entertainment, bars, restaurants and shops you can start your Danish adventure in style.