Claridge's hotel in London has announced they're importing some top of the line talent for a pop-up during the Olympics this summer: Noma chef René Redzepi will be opening A Taste of Noma at Claridge's from July 28th to August 6th. This is the first time Redzepi will serve Noma's famed Scandinavian cuisine outside of Denmark. (Although not the first time a world-famous chef has done a pop-up in London; see Thomas Keller's French Laundry pop-up at Harrods in October of 2011.) The original Noma in Copenhagen will be closed during the pop-up for renovations. Hopefully there will be more seats to handle the crushing demand?
London will pay for the privilege of having Redzepi around: each five course meal, served at Claridge's for both lunch and dinner, costs £195 (or US$313.66). Redzepi says, "It is a different set-up from our home field, but we look forward to exploring the bounty of a different part of the world." So it'll be Noma with a British accent? Here's a press release with more:
WORLD’S BEST RESTAURANT COMES TO LONDON
Rene? Redzepi To Create ‘A Taste Of Noma at Claridge’s’
Rene? Redzepi, head chef of Noma in Copenhagen, announces plans to unveil ‘A Taste of Noma at Claridge’s’, as he joins forces with the landmark Mayfair hotel this summer to mark the celebrations of the London Olympics 2012.
Twice voted best restaurant in the world at the ‘World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards’ (2010/2011), Redzepi has sparked a cultural revolution with his focus on foraging and the reinterpretation of Nordic cuisine.
For ten days, Redzepi will be creating a five course menu at Claridge’s which will reflect his signature flavours and dishes from Noma, using local, seasonal British ingredients.
Redzepi comments: “We are excited about the opportunity to be part of the celebration of the Olympic Games in London and to work closely with the team at Claridge’s. It is a different set-up from our home field, but we look forward to exploring the bounty of a different part of the world.”
Claridge's General Manager Thomas Kochs says: “This unique dining experience will be the first time the legendary chef will create his ground-breaking vision outside Denmark. The arrival of Rene? and his team marks a true milestone in Claridge’s culinary history, especially during such an exciting time in the capital. As London welcomes the best of the best from around the globe this summer, we are proud to make our contribution by bringing the world’s best restaurant to Claridge’s!”
‘A Taste of Noma at Claridge’s’ will be available for both lunch and dinner in Claridge’s Ballroom from 28th July to 6th August 2012. Rene? Redzepi will be in attendance every day together with his team of chefs from Noma. The five course menu is priced at £195 per person. For further information and to register your interest: www.claridges.co.uk/atasteofnoma
‘A Taste of Noma at Claridge’s’ has been a collaboration with Taste Festivals who have brought their considerable international expertise to this project.