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New food prize celebrates Nordic cuisine

A new Nordic food prize, Embla, celebrates the best of Nordic cuisine. The prize will help to strengthen a shared Nordic culinary identity and culture, and increase interest in Nordic food outside the region.

14.03.2017
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Elina Leonova – Fotolia

Six Nordic agricultural organisations are launching the first pan-Nordic food prize, Embla. The prize will help to strengthen a shared Nordic culinary identity and culture, and increase interest in Nordic food outside the region.

The fact that the prize is administered by organisations representing the breadth of Nordic food is a huge boost for Embla, its identity, and its purpose. The objective is for the prize to become as recognised as the Nordic Literature Prize.

Important joint Nordic initiative

The prize – the first to be awarded at a Nordic level – focuses on ingredients, food, production methods, and the professionals behind it all. The prize has been established to enable the Nordic countries to share their knowledge and experiences with the support of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

The democratisation of tasty, healthy food is the next step for New Nordic Food, and Embla is a key joint Nordic initiative in these continued efforts. Mads Frederik Fischer-Møller, senior advisor at the Nordic Council of Ministers, said:

“The fact that the prize is administered by organisations representing the breadth of Nordic food is a huge boost for Embla, its identity, and its purpose. The objective is for the prize to become as recognised as the Nordic Literature Prize.”

We have so many good things to offer in the Nordic Region. Tasty ingredients and a high level of innovation among food professionals. By sharing our experiences, we all benefit.

Embla to be awarded every other year

Embla will be awarded every other year. The first awards ceremony will be hosted in Copenhagen by the Danish Agriculture and Food Council in August 2017. The host country for Embla 2019 will also be announced at the ceremony. The awards ceremony in Copenhagen will take place in conjunction with the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark’s ‘Better Food for More People’ summit at Copenhagen Cooking.

Andreas Buchhave who is chief consultant at the Danish Agriculture and Food Council and project manager for Embla says:

“We have so many good things to offer in the Nordic Region. Tasty ingredients and a high level of innovation among food professionals. By sharing our experiences, we all benefit. The prize is also recognition of a Nordic culinary culture that we can all be proud of.”

Seven categories

Embla has seven awards. The Nordic countries each take care of their own nominations for each category. In addition to a joint Nordic jury, each country appoints a national jury. Together they decide which of the nominees will win the Embla awards.  

The seven categories for the Embla prize 2017 are:

  • Food Artisan of the Year
  • Ingredient Producer of the Year
  • Public Foodscape of the Year
  • Food Communicator of the Year
  • Food Destination of the Year
  • Food Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Food of the Year for Children and Young People

Nominate your candidates for Embla

Nominations can be made to Embla from 14 March to 17 April 2017. More information about the prize and nomination forms for the seven categories can be found in the Nordic languages at www.emblafoodaward.com.

Contacts

Mads Frederik Fischer-Møller
Phone +45 29 69 29 43
Email madmol@norden.org