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The New Nordic Food Manifesto

The Nordic Kitchen Manifesto was conceived and formulated in 2004 and summarised in ten points on purity, season, ethics, health, sustainability and quality.

Elina Leonova – Fotolia

The New Nordic Food manifesto has an innovative approach to traditional foods combined with a strong focus on health and an ethical production philosophy.

The Nordic cuisine should create and inspire the joy of food, taste and variety, nationally and internationally, according to the initial vision:

”As Nordic chefs we find that the time has now come for us to create a New Nordic Kitchen, which in virtue of its good taste and special character compares favorable with the standard of the greatest kitchens of the world”, the Manifesto states.

The aims of the New Nordic Kitchen are:

1) To express the purity, freshness, simplicity and ethics we wish to associate to our region.

2) To reflect the changes of the seasons in the meal we make.

3) To base our cooking on ingredients and produce whose characteristics are particularly in our climates, lanscapes and waters.

4) To combine the demand for good taste with modrn knowledge of health and well-being.

5) To promote Nordic products and the variety of Nordic producers - and to spread the word about their underlying cultures.

6) To promote animal welfare and a sound production process in our seas, on our farmland and in the wild.

7) To develop potentially new applications of traditional Nordic food products.

8) To combine the best in Nordic cookery and culinary traditions with impulses from abroad.

9) To combine local self-suffiency with regional sharing of high-quality products.

10) To join forces with consumer representatives, other cooking craftsmen, agriculture, fishing, food, retail and wholesales industries, researchers, teachers, politicians and authorities on this project for the benefit and advantage of everyone in the Nordic countries.

Chef Michael Björklund on the Nordic Kitchen Manifesto

In 2013 New Nordic Food also launched the Nordic Children's Kitchen Manifesto, stating that ”Every Nordic child has the right to learn how to cook good healthy food”.

Nordic Children's Kitchen Manifesto

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See full list of signatories.


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