The five international chefs speak alongside producers, philosophers, artists and local chefs in the idyllic Southern parts of Norway.


Up in Norway, inside one of the fjords where the vikings used to hang out, a very local food symposium has taken its place over the past 7 years.

And even though this annual happening hasn’t had the attention of the world it has previously managed to attract the minds of René Redzepi, Heston Blumenthal, Rasmus Kofoed and Magnus Nilsson.

The for non-Scandinavians difficult name to pronounce; “Sjømat på Sørlandet” (Seafood in Southern Norway) has for the past four editions collaborated with Bon Vivant Communications on attracting culinary figures to participate in the evolvement of this region that produces a grand variety of pristine products.

Such as culinary explorer Diego Muñoz, Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2016 Kamilla Seidler, Copenhagen caviar prince Jonathan Berntsen of CLOU, as well as facilitating Esben Holmboe Bang of 3*Michelin Maaemo in Oslo.

Esben Holmboe-Bang, Kamilla Seidler, Jonathan Berntsen in Norway, 2017.


In 2018 the fantastic four visiting was as diverse mix of international chefs:

 Chef owner of Latin America’s Best Restaurant and World’s No. 7, Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura of Maido in Lima; former World’s Best Female Chef Elena Arzak of 3*Michelin Arzak in San Sebastián.

New York City-based Noma co-founder Mads Refslund, and Purveyor of Pannonian Cuisine Alain Weissgerber of Taubenkobel in Austria; one of 15 chefs globally to be featured in “Michelin Stars – Tales from the kitchen”.

Mads Refslund, Elena Arzak, Alain Weissgerber and Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura at Sjømat på Sørlandet in 2018.


This year things are intensified even further with a range of very interesting, diverse and immensely creative figures in the rocky Norwegian coast land:

Jorge Vallejo of World’s 50 Best Restaurant List’s No. 11 Quintonil in Mexico City,  Frederik Berselius of 2*Michelin Aska in New York City, and Emma Bengtsson of 2*Michelin Aquavit also in the Big Apple.

New Nordic Cuisine-founder and global culinary serie entrepreneur Claus MeyerSøren Selin of 2*Michelin AOC in Copenhagen and Ulrik Jepsen of high rising À L’aise in Oslo.

2019 includes Emma Bengtsson, Jorge Vallejo, Søren Selin, Frederik Berselius, Ulrik Jepsen and New Nordic Cuisine-founder Claus Meyer.


Speakers also include Maksut Askar of Neolokal in Istanbul, and legend Maître d’ Didier Fertilati – previously of The Fat Duck and Quique deCosta. The list of Sjømat på Sørlandet’s speakers is stated in Norwegian at Sjømat på Sørlandet, April 9-10, Rosfjord, Norway.

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Bon Vivant Communications is a culinary embassy representing star chefs and restaurants, chateaux and high-end wineries as well as working close together with various luxury hotels, gourmets festivals and bespoke concierges services.

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