24 February 2010

CHASING CLAUS: Noma hailed best Nordic restaurant

Though co-owner Claus Meyer was not present, it was his partner Rene Redzepi of Noma Restaurant in Copenhagen along with Lau Richter (restaurant chief), who accepted the honor.
Rene Redzepi of the Noma restaurant in Copenhagen. Archive of Politiken
Foto: SARA GALBIATI (arkiv)

Norden / News and Events / News / 2010-01-18
Original Norden Press Release (English) 
Sponsorer for The Nordic Prize: Danish Crown & Arla Foods.

"The winner of the first Nordic prize was announced at the Søllerød Kro restaurant in Denmark on Sunday by a jury of five, one from each Nordic country.

Noma, which is an abbreviation of the Danish for Nordic food, has been one of the most succesful restaurants in the world in recent years. Run by head chef and partner René Redzepi, the restaurant has two Michelin stars and previous awards include being named the third best restaurant in the world.

Redzepi actively promotes Nordic cuisine, both at Noma and in his capacity as an ambassador for the Nordic Council of Ministers' programme New Nordic Food, which promotes Nordic food culture and gastronomy as well as design and tourism associated with food. The programme drew to a close at the end of last year but received a new mandate until 2014.

ll Restaurant, which is located in the Nordic House in Reykjavik, was the only one of the restaurants nominated not to have a Michelin star."

03 February 2010

CHASING CLAUS: MEET MY COUSIN / Mødes Min Fætter...Claus Meyer


Here goes the odd connection between two cousins united by blood and yet, separated by the distance of an ocean and continent.  Where do I begin? Well, I am the one with the mixed pedigree (made in France, born in the US and raised Denmark).  My mother was a full blown Dane.  While my father was a first generation American of Russian origin. This bring us to our cousin, Claus Meyer. He is the real deal (made, born and raised in Denmark of true viking blood).  Outside of mere genetics, there is a little more than bonds us.   We both were born in the same year. Most of all, our mothers were two inseparable women who shared the same independent joie de vive.... along with the same first name, 'Ulla'.  My mother being the older of the two was his mother's namesake. Thus, began our mothers early relationship based solely on the sharing of a name and closeness of age that would translate into our lives becoming intermingled over the years.

Since our mothers were so close, we kids got to know one another over the years and this is where our friendship originates.  (Note: there are pictures somewhere of us that I will have to scan and post - stay tuned).  From a childhood exposed by fine traditional cooking and ingredients (yes, the kitchen was our occasional playground) to that of design for me, two young kids grew up to follow their passions.  Mine would become architecture and design sprinkled with my personal adventures in cooking.  While Claus would fully pursue cooking with a rare passion that has granted him much success in reinventing Danish Cuisine and now sharing it with the world through his cooking series.

So, you see... our cousin Claus is someone that I am rather proud of.  And you will find here in this blog that I will every now and then share with you here how his world has come to effect the world of cooking and that of my occasional ventures in the kitchen.

I hope you will enjoy and not mind, my occasional shameless promotions of someone whom I have seen mature into an amazing chef and man...it will be called "CHASING CLAUS".

Here are some links to help you get acquainted with him and his work:

CHASING CLAUS: Claus Meyer Takes on Japanese Television

Here is update on our foodie cousin and yes, chef Claus Meyer.

Dr.DK/Nyheder/Kultur 28. January 2010 14.37 Culture
Written by Mikkel Fyhn Christensen

Beginning this Saturday up to 25 million Japanese people will be exposed to gastronomic pursuits of Claus Meyer. 
The Danish Embassy in Tokyo has made a deal with one of Japan's major satellite channels - BS Fuji - to send 13 sections of "New Scandinavian Cooking".

Around the World 
The program is an English-language version of the travel program, "Food in the north," which aired on DR in 2007, and the English version has already been for most of the world.
Both the Germans, Italians, Frenchmen, Americans, Chinese and Australians have been given insight into Claus Meyer's relationship to food, and now the Japanese will have this opportunity.
"New Scandinavian Cooking" is nicely produced and beautifully tells of the Danish food culture and Danish ingredients. Since Denmark is already seen through Japanese eyes as a very exciting country, I am therefore confident that this will be a very well received program, " said Toru Moriya, who is program manager at BS Fuji. 

Possibility of Exporting 
Claus Meyer himself is also happy for this attention:
"I've always been a great admirer of Japanese culture and cuisine, and hope that the TV series and the exposure of Danish and Scandinavian food may pave the way for giving me the opportunity to present Danish food in Japan later this year", says Claus Meyer, who in addition to his cooking also produces food.
"And it might even be the starting point for a commercial collaboration - who knows?", says Claus Meyer.


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