Star restaurant Noma closes: reopening as a food laboratory

Star restaurant Noma closes: reopening as a food laboratory

Dhe world-famous Copenhagen star restaurant Noma wants to fundamentally reposition itself as a large laboratory for innovative food. “In order to continue to be Noma, we have to change,” said chef René Redzepi and his team on Monday. The 2024 winter season will therefore be the last season of the restaurant in its current form. In 2025, as “Noma 3.0”, it will be transformed into a large test kitchen dedicated to food innovation and the development of new flavors. Serving guests will continue to be part of the Noma identity, but no longer will it be defined by being a restaurant.

According to the information, the plans for the major conversion of the top restaurant have been going on for two years. Under the impressions of the first Corona wave in 2020, he decided to put the restaurant on a different economic foundation in the long term in order to be able to focus more on creativity and less on production, Redzepi told the Danish newspaper Berlingske.

Noma’s chef, René Redzepi

Bild: Jason Loucas/Noma

The move means that Noma will remain closed as a classic restaurant indefinitely from 2025, but may open for a limited time in Copenhagen – or elsewhere on earth – for one season per year.

The Noma, which currently has three Michelin stars, has been voted the best restaurant in the world five times, most recently in 2021. Its name is made up of the first syllables of the Danish terms “nordisk” (Nordic) and “mad” (food). The restaurant opened in central Copenhagen in 2003. In 2016 it moved from there to a converted warehouse with a greenhouse on the roof near the municipality of Christiania.


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