Danish chef Meyer earns Michelin star in New York

Celebrity chef Claus Meyer can add yet another Michelin star to his collection.

Danish chef Meyer earns Michelin star in New York
Claus Meyer in his Great Northern Deli, adjacent to Agern in Grand Central Station. Photo: Jonas Vandall/Scanpix
Meyer’s New York restaurant Agern (Danish for ‘acorn’) was awarded one star in the prestigious food guide, several US media outlets reported on Tuesday. 
Meyer is a co-founder of Copenhagen restaurant Noma, which has repeatedly claimed the title as the world’s best restaurant. Although Meyer sold his share in Noma, he remains one of Denmark’s best-known chefs and is viewed as an architect of the New Nordic Cuisine movement, which highlights the use of natural and local produce. 
The Danish chef opened Agern as part of his 1,200 square metre Great Northern Food Hall in Manhattan’s famed Grand Central Station earlier this year, bringing Danish staples like smørrebrød, designer hot dogs and to New Yorkers. Agern uses local ingredients from New York State to put an American twist on New Nordic Cuisine. The restaurant's head chef is Iceland native Gunnar Gíslason.
Meyer wrote on Facebook that the Michelin recognition was “a big day” for his New York team. 
“After earlier this year, amongst other praise, having received the desired three stars in New York Times, the Michelin guide yesterday gave Agern one star just six months after the restaurant’s opening,” a statement read. 
Meyer said he is working on several other New York projects, including a cooking school for poor youths in Brownsville, supporting other Scandinavian chefs who want to try their luck in the Big Apple, and a restaurant that will open in Williamsburg later this year. 
The Danish ambassador to the United States, Lars Gert Lose, was among those who expressed their congratulations on the new recognition. 

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Danish Michelin restaurant Noma to open burger bar after pop-up success

Two-starred Michelin restaurant Noma is to open a burger bar in Copenhagen's Christianshavn neighbourhood.

Danish Michelin restaurant Noma to open burger bar after pop-up success
The team at Noma's new burger bar counterpart, Popl. Photo: Popl

The famous Danish restaurant ran a pop-up burger bar earlier this year, after its normal operations were closed down due to coronavirus restrictions. The concept was popular and is now returning for good.

The burger bar, Popl, is pitched as a burger restaurant with a simple menu, inspired by Noma’s pop-up from the summer. The name comes from the Latin, populus, meaning people.

The restaurant’s owner, René Redzepi, told newspaper Politiken that the initial expectation of 300 customers per day for the pop-up burger bar was increased to 1,200 at the last moment.

“We realised how fantastic it was to make something for everyone,” Redzepi said.

The permanent restaurant will have seating as well as offer takeaway, with meat, vegetarian and vegan offerings on the menu.

“Fine dining and Michelin felt a bit dated and wrong once we were able to re-open [after coronavirus lockdown, ed.]. We wanted to make something for everyone. And what does everyone like? Burgers,” the head chef and restaurant owner told Politiken.

The new restaurant will be located at Strandgade 108, the former home of Restaurant 108, which closed this year. It will be staffed by “Noma veterans (from) both front and back of house,” the new restaurant said in a press release.

“This year we have faced some of the biggest challenges ever in our seventeen years of operating Noma, dealing with the effects of the pandemic both at the restaurant and sadly the resulting closure of Restaurant 108, but it also came with a few major highlights. Above all, our summer burger season, when our doors were open for everyone to stop by,” Popl’s statement also read.

The new burger bar is scheduled to open on December 3rd.

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