I am René Redzepi, chef ＆ owner of restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, and co-author of the new book The Noma Guide to Fermentation. AMA
Hello reddit friends, this is René Redzepi, here to answer as many of your questions as time permits.
About me: I am a chef from Denmark, son of an Albanian Muslim immigrant and a Danish mother. I trained in many restaurants around the world before returning home to Copenhagen and opening a restaurant called noma in 2003. Our restaurant celebrates the Nordic region’s ingredients and aims to present a kind of cooking that express its location and the seasons, drawing on a local network of farmers, foragers, and purveyors. In February 2017, we closed noma in the space we called home for 14 years. In February 2018, we reopened noma in a new location in Copenhage and turned our focus even more on the seasons of our region which helped us to define three distinct menus throughout the year.
I am the co-author of the new book, The Noma Guide to Fermentation, along with David Zilber, Director of Fermentation at noma. It is the first book of a series called the Foundations of Flavour intended to share what we do at the restaurant and make it accessible for home cooks. I am also the author of Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine and A Work in Progress.
In 2011 I founded MAD, a nonprofit organization that brings together a global cooking community with a social conscience, a sense of curiosity, and an appetite for change. Each year we gather some of the brightest minds of the food industry to discuss issues that are local, global, and personal. On MAD’s website you can watch talks from all symposiums (for free) as well as all of our articles: www.madfeed.co. In August 2017, they launched VILDMAD, a program and app for people of all ages designed to teach everyone how to be a forager, and how to cook everyday meals with wild ingredients. This fall, they published the collection of essays You and I Eat the Same, the first book of the MAD Dispatches series.
I’m also married, and my wife Nadine Levy Redzepi and I have three daughters: Arwen, Genta, and Ro.
My Instagram is @reneredzepinoma