Anthony Bourdain Meets Rene Redzepi and Eats at NOMA

Yes, it’s true, I have discovered Parts Unknown on Netflix and have been binge watching it.  In this particular episode Mr. Bourdain goes to Copenhagen to hang out the chef of the best restaurant in the world Rene Redzepi and to dine at  NOMA.

The two cookbooks from NOMA/Mr. Redzepi aren’t your typical: Oh I really have to make that dish kind of cookbooks, unless you live somewhere you can easily find Nordic reindeer moss.  His keen interest in local sourcing is indeed inspiring. It really made me want to put on my Wellingtons and go to Central Park and start tasting weeds.   The books are both works of art, just like his food.  This episode of Parts Unknown is so amazing because it gives great insight into how this seemingly esoteric cuisine came about and how it really is the ultimate local seasonal cuisine given a very high concept  presentation. At its core its food foraged and grown from within 60 miles (I think that is the number they say) of the restaurant.  And as Bourdain points out it isn’t easy being seasonal in a country that is mostly cold and snow-covered.

This clip is the only thing I could find, and it works as a whistle wetter, but I encourage you to watch the entire episode if you can.  First off I love that Redzepi has never driven a car (I have sort of driven, but have never had a license) it makes him, to my mind, the ultimate urbanite, even though his food is all about going to the woods/sea-shore/farm to get his ingredients, and as someone who is fascinated with urban sustainability and lives in a cold (ish) climate I find inspirational.

Certainly dinner/lunch at NOMA has just gone to the top of my bucket list.


About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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