The Danish restaurant Noma, regarded as one of the world's best, is going Down Under.
Head chef René Redzepi has announced that he and his team will be temporarily relocating from Copenhagen to Sydney in January 2016 for ten weeks.
The Noma team will be leaving all of their ingredients at home, however, as their plan is to create and serve a menu sourced from local Australian produce.
“We’re bringing the entire team, from dishwater to general manager but we’re leaving behind our ingredients in Copenhagen. All we’ll take from out kitchen is an open frame of mind and a passion of learning,” Redzepi said in a press release.
“Australia has always drawn me in; its great cities, its generous people and of course its ever-present sun. But what really boggles my mind is the differences you find in its landscapes and ingredients, because honestly I have never seen anything like it,” he added.
It is not the first time the restaurant has moved abroad for a short period. In 2012 the Noma team established a pop-up restaurant in London, and in 2014, their destination was Tokyo.
While in Tokyo, the prestigious restaurant had a waiting list of 60,000 people.
The purpose of these short-term relocations is to broaden their understanding of other culinary traditions, recipes and ingredients, according to Redzepi.
“Last year I had the greatest learning experience of my life. By moving our restaurant to Tokyo we opened ourselves to a new library of taste, an awe-inspiring culinary tradition both ancient and diverse (…) We came back to Copenhagen more lifted than ever: with bags of energy and inspiration, and many new friends,” he explained.
Noma held the title of world's best restaurant for three straight years from 2010 to 2012, and took the crown again in 2014.
In June 2015, though, Noma lost the top place in 'World's best' in favour of Spanish restaurant Celler de Can Roca, and instead had to settle with the third place.