Noma’s Other Golden Child: Mads Refslund

The number one restaurant in the world is Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The famed chef of Noma is Rene Redzepi.

But that’s not the whole story.

There’s also Mads Refslund, the co-founder of the “New Nordic Cuisine” restaurant. Mads doesn’t receive the extreme accolades, the street cred, the fucking glory.

At least not in America.

That might change though, as Mads moves to New York to act as consulting head chef at ACME restaurant in SoHo.

Above you’ll find Kasper Fogh, a viking of a man and the Director of Communications for the Food Organization of Denmark. Next to him is Mads Reflsun. Off camera is Broward/Palm Beach New Times Food Critic Melissa McCart.

While McCart and I didn’t snag a reservation at Noma while in Denmark earlier this year (although Kasper and Mads did try some last-minute calling), I snuck in some quality time with Mads.

After leaving Noma, he took a year to figure out what he wanted to do and to plant a garden in the suburbs of Copenhagen. Possibly to think about what food he would serve at his next restaurant.

The town is called Ballerup, and the name of the farm is Grantoftegaard.

And it is gorgeous and blooming and vast.

And this was his farm on a dreary July day.

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  • Melissa December 9, 2011  

    Even in heels in the mud and rain hungover, this was a magical day with three truly inspiring people. Thanks for posting this.

  • erica December 9, 2011  

    garden envy! luckily 2012 garden fever hasn’t hit me yet. i’m still coming down off of canning season.

    (also, stream in the yard envy!)

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