There can be no better build-up to the new winter edition of Copenhagen Cooking that kicks off later this week than the news that Denmark’s Rasmus Kofoed, head chef at Copenhagen’s Geranium restaurant, has won first prize at the prestigious Bocuse d’Or in Lyon.
Super-chef Kofoed served an extremely complicated menu for the judges consisting of no less than 10 complete dishes and four sauces, all made from scratch together with his kitchen apprentice Frederik Rudkjøbing, with a grueling preparation time of five and a half hours.
The Bocuse d’Or is the absolute elite of cooking competitions and is held biannually in France: This is the third time Kofoed has entered. He won third prize in 2005 and second place in a controversial competition in 2007 (a German newspaper later accused the French winner of having smuggled pre-made ingredients into the competition kitchen).
Kofoed has been training for the competition since June 2010, and has spent an incredible $64,000 on ingredients.
Scandinavia as a whole could not have done better in the culinary face-off: Second place went to Swede Tommy Myllymaki and third place to Norwegian Gunnar Hvarnes.
Copenhagen can now boast not just the world’s best restaurant, Noma, but also the world’s best chef: As of now however there are no plans for a battle of the gastronomic heavyweights between Noma’s Rene Redzepi and Rasmus Kofoed.
Those thinking about a culinary visit to Copenhagen over the next month should check out the program for Copenhagen Cooking. Events planned for February include a five-course dinner at Moltkes Palace for DKK 495 (excluding wine) on Thursday February 3rd, a ‘Godfather’ night of Sicilian delicacies from a special Corleone menu at restaurant L’Altro (runs from tonight throughout the week) and a presentation from 10 of the city’s top restaurants at the Royal Danish Playhouse Skuespilhuset from noon on Sunday February 27th.
Photos from Geranium courtesy of Claes Bech Poulsen.