Denmark gets first three-star Michelin restaurant

Copenhagen’s Geranium became the first Danish restaurant to be awarded the maximum three Michelin star’s as the new guide, the second edition for Scandinavia, was announced in Copenhagen.

Denmark gets first three-star Michelin restaurant
Geranium head chef Rasmus Koefoed. Photo: Asger Ladefoged/Scanpix

The new guide was also a cause for celebration in the rest of the country, with a number of restaurants outside Copenhagen and Aarhus picking up stars for the first time. Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant named as the world’s best from 2010-2013, was again given two stars.

Adding to the Danish success stories was Oslo’s Maaemo and its Danish chef Esben Holmboe-Bang, who were awarded the three elusive stars.

Fifteen Copenhagen restaurants made the guide as did three in Aarhus, but for the first time three new Danish restaurants all outside of the main cities were also included.

Frederiksminde in Præstø, Bornholm restaurant Kadeau and Henne Kirkeby Kro in west Jutland were all awarded stars.

A total of 22 stars were handed out – four of these to first-time honorees – and all of the restaurants that made it on to last year’s list kept their spot for 2016.

In keeping with the new provincial additions, the name of the guide has also been updated from Michelin Nordic Cities to Michelin Nordic Guide.

The Danish restaurants included in the Michelin Nordic Guide 2016
Three stars: 
Geranium, Copenhagen
Two stars: 
a | o | c, Copenhagen
Noma, Copenhagen
One star (Copenhagen area):
Den Røde Cottage
Era Ora
formel B
Grønbech and Churchill
Kiin Kiin
Kong Hans Kælder
Søllerød Kro 
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One star (Aarhus)
One star (other)
Kadeau, Bornholm
Henne Kirkeby Kro, Henne
Frederiksminde, Præstø

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Burglars loot wine cellar of Michelin-starred Danish restaurant

Burglars stole dozens of bottles of vintage wine worth some 200,000 euros from a Michelin-starred restaurant in Copenhagen, the owners said Monday.

Burglars loot wine cellar of Michelin-starred Danish restaurant
Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

A gaping hole in the wall in the wine cellar of the Formel B restaurant — which has one star in the prestigious Michelin restaurant guide — greeted the owners on Monday morning.

Rune Jochumsen and Kristian Arpe-Møller said in a Facebook post that they noticed between 50 and 60 bottles were missing, but were still going over their inventory.

The burglars broke into the wine cellar through an adjacent wine shop from which they did not steal anything, Arpe-Møller told news agency Ritzau.

“The thieves specifically went after our rare wines with very high market value,” the owners wrote in the post.

The restaurateurs estimated the value of the haul, mainly bottles of Romanee-Conti from France's Burgundy region — one of the world's most expensive wines — at upwards of 1.5 million Danish kroner (200,000 euros).

“It is a close to irreplaceable collection of wines we have spent many years building, that has disappeared in a single night,” the owners said in the post, encouraging followers to share the message in the hopes of “miraculously” recovering the wines.

Copenhagen police told AFP that an investigation had been opened.

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