Born in 1977, René Redzepi is one of the pioneers of New Nordic cuisine. He started his full-time cooking career in 1993 at Copenhagen’s Restaurant Pierre André, before moving to three-star Le Jardin des Sens in Montpellier and then to Ferran Adrià’s El
Bulli in Spain for a season. After meeting Grant Achatz (now of Alinea in Chicago) he did a stint at Thomas Keller’s three-star Michelin restaurant The French Laundry in California. His last job working for someone else was under Thomas Rode Andersen at Copenhagen’s Kong Hans Kælder. In 2003, he opened Noma. The restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star in 2005 and its second in 2007. It was named Best Restaurant in the World in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.