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Rene Redzepi

Rene Redzepi, Danish chef and co-owner of the award-winning restaurant Noma, is interviewed by Kirsty Young.

Rene Redzepi, Danish chef, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

His restaurant, Noma, in Copenhagen has been named 'best in the world' for a fourth time, and holds two Michelin stars. His cooking captures not just the essence of his homeland - using ingredients like reindeer tongue, sea buckthorn or fish scales - but also a strong flavour of 'now'. He believes traditional notions of luxury are outdated. A sense of 'time and place' are his kitchen's guiding principles.

His childhood was split between Denmark and Macedonia, where he spent his summers foraging in the woods. He as good as stumbled into catering, because he couldn't think of anything better to do, but pretty quickly realised that cooking allowed him to dream.

He says, "The day when there is no more to do is the day when you're burned out. There are endless possibilities - it's just whether you can see them or not ... and right now I see plenty.".

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45 minutes

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Fri 30 May 2014 09:00

Music Played

  • Juaneco y Su Combo

    Linda Nena

    • Masters of Chicha Vol.1.
    • Barbes.
  • Leopold Stokowski & Philadephia Orchestra

    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    • Fantasia – remastered Original soundtrack.
    • Walt Disney.
  • Run‐D.M.C. vs Jason Nevins

    It's Like That

    • Run D.M.C. Greatest Hits 1983-1991.
    • Profile File.
  • Iron Maiden

    Phantom Of The Opera

    • Ed Hunter Cd2.
    • EMI.
  • Queen & David Bowie

    Under Pressure

    • Queen Greatest Hits 2.
    • Parlophone.
  • WU LYF

    Spitting Blood

    • Go Tell Fire To The Mountain.
    • LYF Recordings.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Metallica


      • ... And Justice For All.
      • Vertigo.
  • Kraftwerk


    • PS027.
    • EMI.
  • Book Choice

    • Complete set of Mad magazine

  • Luxury Choice

    • One full day of snow


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Rene Redzepi
Producer Isabel Sargent


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