René Redzepi is Head Chef and co-owner of noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, which was recently named the world’s best restaurant. Peter Sisseck owns Dominio de Pingus in Ribera del Duero, Spain and makes Pingus – one of the most celebrated wines in the world!
Both are remarkably good looking, intellectual, famous and youngish Danish men who share a surprisingly similar philosophy towards their respective arts.
Redzepi sees it as “a personal challenge to help bring about a revival of Nordic cuisine and let its distinctive flavours and particular regional character brighten up the world.” (The Kitchen, noma) Noma’s starter of crunchy baby carrots from the fertile Lammefjorden region of Denmark is probably the closest food comes to ‘an expression of terroir’. It is served with edible “soil” made from malt, hazelnuts and beer with a cream herb emulsion beneath!
While Sisseck’s adopted homeland is Spain, he is equally as passionate as Redzepi about bringing out the distinctive flavours and regional character of Ribera del Duoro’s tinto fino (tempranillo). The grapes for his flagship Pingus, for example, are from very old vines that are cared for using only biodynamic methods of agriculture. Sisseck is in fact so passionate in his belief that biodynamic and organic viticulture is the best way to restore micorbial life back into the soils and improve grape quality that he is teaching the fundamentals of the practice to local growers in the region. (Peter Sisseck’s Ψ : Psi Using Power for Good by Mannie Berk, Rare Wine Co. Blog, 18 August 2009)
Redzepi recently said in an interview, “If you work with me you will often be starting your day in the forest or on the shore because I believe foraging will shape you as a chef. I know it has shaped me. If you see how a plant grows and you taste it in situ you have a perfect example of how it should taste on the plate. But it’s more than that… [Read More]