Star chef René Redzepi, ambassador for the New Nordic Food programme, has been appointed international chef of the year. Redzepi, who is head chef and partner in the restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, has been given the honour by the Gastronomic Congress 'Lo Mejor de la Gastronomia’ which was recently organized in San Sebastian in Spain.
Redzepi has been awarded the prize because of his work with Nordic cuisine. The jury visited Noma earlier this year, and thought that, as far as can be judged, the food tasted exceptionally good. Reataurant Noma, which is a composition of the words ‘Nordisk mad’ (Nordic food), has two Michelin stars today. Noma is number 10 on the list of the world’s 50 best restaurants.
The New Nordic Food programme was launched by the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2006. The aim of the programme is to promote Nordic food culture and gastronomy as well as design and tourism linked to food. The Nordic governments want to put the Nordic Region on the gastronomic world map through this programme.
The ambitious programme has a budget of about DKK 20 million for 2007-2009. The Nordic Innovation Centre, NICe, is also heavily involved in the programme with the Nordic Council of Ministers.