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Map: Are these the best 26 restaurants in Denmark?

Map: Are these the best 26 restaurants in Denmark?
Geranium. File photo: Niels Ahlmann Olesen/Ritzau Scanpix
Denmark and the Faroe Islands have 26 Michelin-starred restaurants after the new Nordic Countries Guide 2020 was announced on Monday.

A total of 35 stars were shared out between 25 restaurants in Denmark and 1 in the Faroe Islands at the annual awards, announced on Monday evening at a special launch event at the Olavshallen Concert Hall in Norwegian city Trondheim.

The evening can be considered to have been an overall success for the Scandinavian country's fine dining scene.

Copenhagen’s Alchemist restaurant scored two Michelin stars in its first outing in the guide.

Head chef Rasmus Munk called the award “crazy” as he collected the honour, adding that he was “very proud and grateful”.

Alchemist, which is co-owned by Munk and wealth banker Lars Seier Christensen, closed in 2017 before re-opening last year.

Another Danish restaurant to be upgraded from one to two Michelin stars is Jordnær, located in Gentofte north of Copenhagen.

Restaurant Geranium retains its three stars, one of only two three-star restaurants in the Nordic region. The other is in Sweden. Noma, arguably the country's most famous restaurant, has two stars.

The head chef at Geranium, Rasmus Kofoed, was also on stage in Trondheim to receive the special Chef Mentor Award, Ritzau reported.

The Michelin Nordic Countries Guide 2020 encompasses Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. A total of 62 Michelin stars were distributed to the Nordic countries this year.

You can see the location of the Danish-listed restaurants in the map below.

Meanwhile, a member of parliament in neighbouring Norway stoked reaction by calling press coverage of the Michelin awards “elitist”.

Geir Pollestad of the agrarian Centre Party boiled tempers by writing a Facebook post in which he criticized press hype over the awards and added that “the vast majority of people in Norway associate Michelin with tyres and will never eat a single Michelin star.”

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