Last Sunday in Copenhagen the annual culinary award show “Årets Ret” (Danish Dish of The Year) was held with an almost total Danish culinary elite present.

On this matter it’s with pleasure we inform that Restaurant Geranium and Restaurant AOC – both Copenhagen, were awarded prizes.

Restaurant Geranium won the snack category for “the extensive interlude of both technical and delicious masterpieces into the menu, the spokesman of the food critics stated and continued: “In fact at Geranium, you don’t really know when the snacks stop and the menu starts. It’s a joined culinary ballet”.

One of Geranium’s signature snacks: Jerusalem artichoke “tree” with walnut oil.

Restaurant Manager and co-owner Søren Ledet accepted the prize on behalf of 2011 Bocuse d’Or Gold Medalist Rasmus Kofoed, as Chef Kofoed flew to Stockholm early Sunday after making his presentation.

Along with the other Danish 2-starred Michelin Chef René Redzepi of Restaurant Noma – he cooked Monday evening at an epic Nordic dinner at W50B No. 12 Restaurant Frantzén in Stockholm with co-star chefs Esben Holmbo Bang of Maeemo, Magnus Nilsson of Fäviken Magasinet and Björn Frantzén of Restaurant Frantzén.

Besides taking the snack award, Restaurant Geranium was nominated in the main category “Land”.


A main prize winner at the award show was Restaurant AOC – Aarø & Co. in the dessert category for “Raw pickled pear filled with airy gel of camomile tea and thyme cloud, served with reduced cold camomile tea”.

The dish was originally nominated by food editor Søren Frank of Berlingske Tidende, who along with a joined corp of critics have praised the cuisine of Søren Selin since he earlier this year took over the culinary responsibilty of the 1-starred Michelin restaurant, situated in a vaulted cellar of an historic mansion in the heart of Copenhagen.

Raw pickled pear filled with airy gel of camomile tea and thyme cloud.

Four times nominee, – and now winner Søren Selin accepted the award along with a part of his kitchen crew, thanking his whole team as well as Champion Sommelier and Restaurateur Christian Aarø for a great collaboration to be continued for many years in the future.


AOC takes the prize.


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