In London, Jamie Oliver and family welcoming their new son, Buddy Bear, managed to get on the front pages of the tabloids just in time before being bumped with the Pope's arrival........
We decided to forgo high dining in favour of doing the markets and every food shop we happened upon. Partridges food shop, near the Saatchi Gallery, we stumbled upon and well worth a detour especially on a Saturday when there was a wonderful farmers market set up in the plaza out front. Timmy's Pies were delicious, as were the Cumberland sausages. Neal's Yard Dairy also had a stall with too many cheeses, well there's never too many cheeses!
|Raspberry Meringue from Ottolenghi|
|Biegel Bakery in Brick Lane|
But the highlight was the trip to Copenhagen and Noma. Located in a centuries old customs warehouse over looking the water where you can see Copenhagen's stunning new opera house.
|Danish Opera House|
|Chef Rene Redzepi and Alison|
Noma was a 27 "course" almost 5 hour lunch, no written menu. It was an incredible homage to locally sourced or foraged ingredients. Presentation of "courses" is mostly done by the chefs (35 of them in the kitchen, 17 nationalities) using a playful turn on platters and serving dishes, for example a weekend foraging trip had turned up beautiful stones which they used to serve. After a warm welcome at our seats the waiter said with an understated flourish - here is your first course and slid the flower vase into the middle of the table filled with edible flower, pea shoots and herbs! The rest was a sublime 4+ hours of them asking us if we were full yet and us saying no, so the food parade blissfully kept coming. There was no sense that technology had come between you and the ingredients, such was the reverence paid to the food.
Chef Redzepi is an intellectually interesting man who is curious not just about cooking, but food in the context of culture, specifically Scandinavian culture.We had a long discussion on language which morphed into Chef giving us a brief history of Scandinavia. I cannot begin to tell how impressed we were and came away saying what an interesting person Chef was, beyond the discussion of food.
Nordic is a trend to watch - (in all facets not just food), and Rene Redzepi will lead the vanguard becoming an international celebrity and you can see him on October 9th as The Cookbook Store hosts Rene for an onstage interview, Q & A and book signing.
Chef Rene Redzepi in Toronto exclusively
with The Cookbook Store
Saturday October 9th, 12:30pm
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. West
Tickets $65, includes copy of the cookbook Noma
Available only through The Cookbook Store