In 2013, CNN Travel hailed the romantic beachscapes of Skagen as one of the world’s 100 top seaside destinations. But gourmet dining at classic seaside hotels is another inspired reason to visit Denmark’s northernmost town. Ruths Hotel is nestled in the picturesque Old Skagen (Højen). Until recently, the hotel restaurant, Ruths Gourmet, has served fine French cuisine. But as of the 2015 season, the restaurant will be headed by Dennis Juhl whose former occupation in Aarhus (Malling & Schmidt) was famed for its Nordic-centred molecular gastronomy. Another classic seaside destination in Skagen, Brøndum Hotel offers a sense of old-world hospitality and laidback luxury. Formerly headed by 2013 Bocuse d’Or (European) silver-prize winner Jeppe Foldager (now head at Alberto K, Copenhagen), the current executive chef at Brøndum, Anders Rex, has crafted a regal balance between seasonally driven culinary favourites and innovative cuisine.
New executive chef at Ruths Hotel, Torsten Schmidt (formerly Schmidt & Malling, Aarhus and the Kähler restaurant in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen).
Skagen’s newly refurbished and splendidly relaxed Hotel Plesner has reopened its now remodelled restaurant, serving dishes made with seafood treasures, greens from the garden and artisanal produce from local suppliers.