Danish Restaurants Receive 39 Michelin Stars at 2022 Revelation
Monday 4 July, the MICHELIN Guide Nordic Countries 2022 was released at an event in Stavanger Concert Hall in Norway. Denmark received a total of 39 stars for 28 restaurants.
Two New Michelin Star Restaurant in Denmark
Located in the UNESCO Global Geopark Odsherred, north-west of Copenhagen, restaurant MOTA got its first Michelin star. The restaurant, under the leadership of chef Claus Henriksen, opened in November 2021. The restaurant building formerly housed a psychiatric hospital.
“Set menus showcase the best, hyper-seasonal Danish ingredients, including organic vegetables and local seafood. Combinations are original and dishes are beautifully presented and bursting with flavor”, according to the Michelin Guide description. For 13 years, Henriksen was the head Chef at Dragsholm Castle, where also secured a Michelin star. Early in his career, he also worked as a sous chef at noma.
In Copenhagen, Jonathan Tam’s restaurant JATAK was awarded its first Michelin star. Canadian-born Tam previously served as the head chef at then Michelin star restaurant Relæ. He opened JATAK in January 2022.
“The achievement is only made by the people around you”, he says and later continues to his Copenhagen team: “each day they find new ways to better themselves and also make a better experience for the guests”.
The name of the restaurant means “yes, please” in Danish. According to the guide: “the set menu offers exciting, modern dishes with strong Asian flavors expertly crafted from top quality Danish ingredients”.
Frederikshøj Receives Second Star
In Denmark’s second city, Aarhus, restaurant Frederikshøj got its second Michelin star. Led by chef Wassim Hallal, Frederikshøj received the first star in 2015. The restaurant is located in the royal forest of Marselisborg and is the 7th Danish restaurant with two stars.
Followingly, Hallal received the Mentor Chef Award. This was given for: “willingness to share your knowledge and skill is an example for many.” “The way you encourage the next generation of talented Danish chefs and the way you pass your guiding principles is impressive”, continued Simone van Trier. Hallal has been running Frederikshøj since 2009.
Two New Bib Gourmand Restaurants
The Nordic Michelin Guide
The Nordic version of the guide contains top-restaurants in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland and the Faroe Islands. The full list of Nordic Michelin restaurants in available here, including the two stars for KOKS in the Faroes Island, which is a the self-governing nation under the Kingdom of Denmark.
Last year’s edition way released in September. Here Denmark received 36 stars for 26 restaurants.