Nordic Star Chef from Copenhagen. Situated in New York City – introducing Nordic Cuisine to the US, rapidly receiving great accolade for his almost supernatural way of thinking food.
Once upon a time, Mads Refslund wanted to be a writer. As a child he enjoyed penning fantasy fiction pieces – short stories about princes, princesses and unicorns. However, having finished school, he decided to abandon books for another interest – cooking.
Today he’s a darling among food critics – known for his unique creativity, telling great tales through his feminine and playful cuisine with a passion for seafood and vegetables.
Co-founder of four-times voted “Worlds Best Restaurant” NOMA where he was head chef along with René Redzepi. Altogether, Mads Refslund is a frontier of the new culinary language and trends created through “New Nordic Cuisine”.
Founder of the Michelin-awarded restaurant MR, – an often used Star Chef at international food festivals and frequently portrayed in the culinary medias. Recipient of numerous awards for his delicious food. Four times winner of “Critics Choice/Dish of the Year” in Denmark – 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
(when Mads Refslund left Denmark in 2010 he was the most winning chef)
“Bonding Rawness” is how Mads Refslund explains his philosophy. This idea entails a closer assessment of produce, extending to its quality and freshness, but essentially going beyond that.
Raw materials are visualised and chosen for their intrinsic values and the aim is the highest expression that nature produces. The consequence is a cuisine seeking to sustain ingredients natural and original flavours and not to pollute pure taste with excessive preparation or cooking.
Mads Refslund exclusively offers his gastronomic excellence for lectures, food festivals, consultancy, private dining and exclusive dinner parties.
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“You have to find the land first, the roots of the land, the history. Of course many countries will influence the cooking but you have to start with the history. You have to find the right farmers, the right people to tell the story.”
“Mads Refslund, a chef known for his almost manic dedication to natural food, does what was considered impossible; foraging in Hong Kong.”
“Nordic Chef Mads Refslund swims against current to take on the drowned fish, and prepare seafood in new ways. Refslund bonds freshness, rawness and innovation.”
“As one of the founders of the New Nordic Cuisine, Mads is perhaps more in vogue now than he has ever been before.”
“René Redzipi, Mads Refslund, Paul Cunningham & Torsten Schmidt takes on the stage with a presentation of Nature & Design at Madrid Fusion 2010.”
Follow the gastronomic adventures of Leading Nordic Chef Mads Refslund.
Saltbaked Oyster with Sake
Raw Mackerel with Zeps, Walnuts and Moonlight
Scallops with salted Bacon and smoked Carrots
Pickled vegetables and white anchovies with a dressing on roasted sunflower seeds
Burned Field: Perfumes & Texture from late Summer scorched Fields
“This is in fact one of the best dishes I have eaten anywhere. Presentation, performance, suspense, savour, illusion even and then some more stem from this. As the aroma captivates, the tastes tingle and tease the tongue and lips whilst the astringent, dusty, pasty textures smother and gently dry them out. A stunningly successful and convincing course this was.”
– Food Snob on Burned Field