After two tough years of pandemic, an entire restaurant industry was more than ready to celebrate itself in Stavanger Concert Hall.
On Monday night, the stars in the Michelin guide were handed out to restaurants in the Nordic countries.
The stars were handed out by Gwendal Poullennec, who is the international director of the Michelin Guide.
The following prizes and stars can be awarded:
- Young chef awardwhich is given to a young and forward-thinking chef, is given to Jimmy Øien at restaurant Rest in Oslo.
- Sommelier-the price goes to Christina Haukka at restaurant Kaskis in Finland.
- Welcome and service awardwhich is given to a person and a restaurant with excellent service, goes to Heidi Bjerkan and Credo in Trondheim.
- Mentor cook pricewhich is given to a chef who is a mentor and a role model for other chefs, goes to Wassim Hallal at Frederikshøj in Denmark.
- Green starwhich is given to restaurants that excel in sustainable operations, goes to Natura in Finland, Dill in Iceland, Jossa Mat og Drikke in Norway, Knystaforsen in Sweden and Oxenstiernan in Sweden.
- A star:
- Restaurant Kaskis, Finland.
- Restaurant Mota, Denmark.
- Restaurant Jatak, Denmark.
- Restaurant Nour, Sweden.
- Restaurant Adam / Albin, Sweden.
- Restaurant Knystaforsen, Sweden.
- Restaurant Hot Shop, Norway.
- Schlägergården, Norway.
- Lysverket, Norway.
- Hyde, Norway.
- Óx, Ø.
- To stars:
- Palace, Finland.
- Frederikshøj, Denmark.
- Three stars:
- No new restaurants received three stars this year. Maaemo in Norway, Frantzén in Sweden, Noma in Denmark and Geranium in Denmark keep their stars in the guide.
The lighthouse rejoices over the star
Chef Christopher Haatuft at Lysverket in Bergen says the two years have been tough due to the pandemic.
– With all the tiring work people have done, and several unforeseen reefs in the sea, it was very good to get a star now. It’s a great way to celebrate all the work people have put in, he says.
Bergen now has restaurants with one star. Haatuft says he had no expectations of star this year.
– No. We have been doing this for a year and we have been trying to make it better and better every year. But we had no expectations this year, he says.
Renaa not disappointed
Maaemo in Oslo is thus Norway’s only restaurant with three stars in the prestigious guide. Before the award ceremony, the experts thought that only one restaurant could achieve the same status tonight: Re-Naa in Stavanger.
Re-Naa received two stars in 2020. According to chef and owner Sven Erik Renaa, it has been too short a time for Michelin to upgrade the restaurant already now.
Two stars is more than good enough for ham.
– Absolutely fantastic. We are super happy to keep two stars. I am super proud, and there are no hard feelings that there were not three, he says after the award ceremony.
Three awards to Heidi Bjerkan
Chef Heidi Bjerkan is behind both Credo and Jossa Mat og Drikke in Trondheim.
She was brilliantly pleased that her team won both the Bib Gourmand award, the green star and the service award. She is especially pleased with the latest award.
– It shows that we make our results feel good. People should shrug their shoulders and enjoy the evening. It’s about so much more than food, she says.
Green star is an award for sustainable operation.
– It is the foundation of everything we do. With the food, how we grow it, but also how we feel at work. We are concerned with having a good working environment, says Bjerkan.