July 29, 2015
SYDNEY (AFP) - Voted the world's best restaurant four times, "Noma" plans to relocate to Sydney for a 10-week stint next year with chef and founder Rene Redzepi taking his entire team with him.
The Copenhagen-based eatery, which was toppled from its pedestal in the World's 50 Best Restaurant awards this year by Spain's "El Celler de Can Roca", will open Down Under in January.
"Australia has always drawn me in; its great cities, its generous people, and of course its ever-present sun," Redzepi said on the restaurant's website this week.
"But what really boggles my mind is the differences you find in its landscapes and ingredients, because honestly I have never seen anything like it."
The restaurant, known for its reinvention and interpretation of Nordic cuisine, will open in Sydney's central Barangaroo district, following a similar trend that saw it relocate to Tokyo for several weeks this year.
Redzepi said the ingredients for meals during his Australian foray would be sourced locally.
"When we settle down we're bringing the entire team, from dishwasher to general manager -- our work family as well as our spouses and kids -- but we're leaving behind our ingredients in Copenhagen," he said.
"All we'll take from our kitchen is an open frame of mind and a passion for learning."