It seems everyone is the mood to be British this summer. Not least head chef of Noma in Copenhagen, René Redzepi, who came to London’s Claridge’s hotel to create ‘A Taste Of Noma’ for an exclusive ten days.
Noma has thrice been voted ‘best restaurant in the world’ and is famed for its focus on foraging and reinterpretation of Nordic cuisine. We were lucky enough to visit and see how signature Noma flavours and dishes were translated from their originals, using local seasonal British ingredients.
The Claridge’s Ballroom was transformed into a Noma dining room – the meeting of two much-loved and sought after institutions in their respective countries; Noma in Copenhagen, Claridge’s in London. Shelves partitioning the room with a mix of Noma cookbooks and choices from English literature further marked the joining of the two countries.
René Redzepi: “We have left Noma behind in Denmark but brought to Claridge’s our inspiration and commitment, and we are looking forward to exploring the bounty of the british larder.”
The menu was ‘five main courses and some snacks’ and was sourced from a whole host of British suppliers, farmers, growers and makers. An accompanying leaflet featured an illustration map of Britain and detailed all the people who helped make the menu possible.