It is nothing exceptional. The Michelin guide It has done it before with some of the best restaurants in the world. Critical and public success does not guarantee that Red Publication inspectors will award the highest honor to a chef’s acclaimed cuisine. It happened before to The Bulli, which obtained its second in 1990 and had to watch seven years pass before reaching the third star. Or to Celler de Can Roca, to which the same thing happened, with the same amount of time between one and the other. It is true that neither one nor the other had been considered the best restaurant in the world four times before reaching the Olympus of the triestrellados – in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 – as has been the Rent from René Redzepi for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, which will be updated next October after the 2020 pandemic stoppage.
Today, just behind Mirazur, Copenhagen’s most famous restaurant finally has its third star. It was awarded by the Michelin guide at the gala held this Monday, September 13 for the Nordic countries. Nine years have passed – including a hiatus of almost a year that kept Noma closed in its change of headquarters to the Christiania neighborhood in 2017 – since in 2012 the Danish’s kitchen achieved the star it lacked to close the circle of excellence. The chef did not hide his surprise, not without a certain ironic charge, when he learned that the restaurant he runs together with his wife Nadine Redzepi obtained that distinction.
In his social networks, after the gastronomic guide officially announced it in theirs, Redzepi wrote: “Something seemingly impossible has happened. Noma has received the news today that the Michelin Guide gives us its highest distinction of three Michelin stars. Thanks”.
The seemingly impossible has happened.
Noma got the news today that the Michelin Guide has given us their highest praise of three Michelin stars. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/0yTjW7kjDU
— restaurant noma (@nomacph) September 13, 2021
Noma was not the only restaurant to receive the third star in this edition of the guide for 2022, which for the first time for the Nordic countries, will be exclusively digital. The project that chef Esben Holmboe Bang in Oslo – the restaurant Maaemo– It also has since yesterday the highest distinction after having changed location, in addition to being recognized with the green star to sustainability. There is only one new two-star, in Copenhagen: the Kong Hans Kælder restaurant. Nine other restaurants spread across Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden have a Michelin star in the guide.