6 kids and now with a 2*Michelin restaurant in a humble 3*hotel in just 2 1/2 years without any investors. It’s pure talent and dedication.

It’s a drama and a love story.

It’s a fairytale.



Jordnær took everyone in the Nordics by surprise when Michelin awarded the then unknown restaurant in the northern suburbs of Copenhagen a star during its first year of opening less than three years ago. Since then, it has been full throttle on flavours — creating picturesque plates and mouth-watering creations of Nordic, French and Asian ingredients cooked with remarkable harmony.

February 17th that harmony was awarded with a sparkling second Michelin star at the Nordic Michelin Gala in a packed Olavshallen Concert Hall in Trondheim, Norway.

Eric Vildgaard, Chef owner of Jordnær states:

“I’m very overwhelmed and have a lot of feelings in this, so it’s difficult to describe and yet not. This is the culmination of a lot of things and wouldn’t have happened without my wife – she’s a huge part of this success, as is our six kids who misses us when we’re at work. And my team – they really see the vision. I feel truly blessed having them, so it’s not only my star – it’s our star.”

In addition to gaining two stars, Jordnær also receives the Michelin Nordic Countries Welcome & Service Award 2020 offered by Ferrari Trento, where the charming Tina Kragh Vildgaard leads the smooth, faultless service and helps to create a truly memorable experience.

Tina & Eric Vildgaard – 6 kids and now with a 2*Michelin restaurant in a humble 3*hotel in just 2 1/2 years without any investors.



Eric and Tina, the host couple at Jordnær (meaning down to earth), has an ambition. An ambition to create a harmonious restaurant experience that goes hand in hand with a high level of food and service. All guests should be able to lean back and enjoy without having to make any decisions.

It has all been such a big success that Jordnær received a Michelin star in Guide Michelin Nordic Cities 2018 just 10 months after the opening. In 2020, they earned their second Michelin star.

Eric, who has three years of experience from Noma, is in charge of the Nordic and sustainable kitchen, and his wife Tina makes sure all guests are comfortable. The restaurant might be called ‘down to earth’ but it has a high level of gastronomy.

It is more about a farm to table-idea and collecting ingredients from the nature. Herbs from the green areas or freshly caught fish from the Arresø lake nearby. The actual Gentofte Hotel, where the restaurant is located, dates back to the late 15th century but was restored in 2008.

Even though it appears modern, it still has clear references and charms from the past. The restaurant is very popular, so you need to book well in advance.

Tina and Eric Vildgaard – on and behind the scenes.

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