Michelin Boosts Copenhagen as Gastronomy Capital

The new 2012 edition of the Michelin Guide has awarded Copenhagen’s restaurants a total of 14 stars. Not only is that more than any other Scandinavian city, it is also more than other European cities such as Hamburg, Amsterdam and Vienna, Copenhagen also has more Michelin restaurants than Rome. This means that Copenhagen forces it’s position as the gastronomy capital of the North.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

This year’s edition of the Michelin Guide awards 4 new Michelin restaurants in Copenhagen, which now boasts 12 restaurants with a total of 13 Michelin stars. Finally Rasmus Kofoed’s restaurant Geranium achieved a Michelin star. Rasmus Kofoed was named world’s best chef at Bocuse d’Or, considered the world championship for professional chefs.

Another new Michelin restaurant is Relæ with head chef Christian Puglisi, formerly chef at Noma. With Relæ getting a Michelin star, foodies have a new opportunity to enjoy affordable Michelin food in surroundings that break with conventional Michelin restaurants as Relæ is located in a rustic cellar in the up and coming trendy district of Nørrebro.

Also restaurant Grønbech & Churchill and Den Røde Cottage are now Michelin restaurants.

The Michelin Guide is not only about stars, there is also the Bib Gourmand - a Michelin-guide award category for great restaurants which are more affordable and deliver particularly good value for money. In 2012 Copenhagen’s restaurants was awarded a total of 12 Bib Gourmands.

Copenhagen Cooking is coming up

The gastronomy scene of Copenhagen is not all about Michelin stars. It also involves the popular food festival Copenhagen Cooking, which has become the biggest food festival of the North.

In 2011 Copenhagen Cooking (both the large summer edition in late August and the winter edition during February’s Wondercool festival) attracted an estimated  100.000 participants all together.

This year’s Copenhagen Cooking runs from August 24 – September 2, 2012 and for the third time in a winter edition in February 2013.

Whether one is into flashy food, traditional dishes or want to taste a little of everything there will be lots of things to try. For the ten days of the festival, a wealth of temptations will be on offer around the city.

From new Nordic cuisine, gourmet restaurants at low prices to food markets or countless other events all over the city. For children, adults only (wine- and cocktail tastings), or students, who in 2011 were given the chance to eat at the world’s best restaurant, Noma, at a special low price. This took place at one of Copenhagen Cooking's perennially popular events 'Taste of Copenhagen' where the city's best restaurants offer special menus for special prices – an event happening again in 2012.

But it’s not all Nordic. International cuisine is celebrated at a gigantic street kitchen – ‘Diversity Celebration – Taste the World’ which draws thousands of people to a international culinary street party.

A Copenhagen – Melbourne collaboration

For several years Copenhagen’s restaurant scene has been involved with the world famous food festival Melbourne Food and Wine. Rene Redzepi attended the Australian food festival for the first time in 2009 and the same year a collaboration between Melbourne Food and Wine and Copenhagen Cooking was established.

This year a delegation of Copenhagen’s top chefs are attending Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Among these are Rene Redzepi, Adam Aamann from Aamanns Establishments (famous for a reinvention of the traditional Danish smorgas) and Christian Puglisi from Restaurant Relæ. The purpose of the visit down under is to promote Nordic cuisine as well as to get new inspiration to Copenhagen Cooking and to Copenhagens gastronomy scene in general.

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