René Redzepi is one of the most influential chefs on the international gastronomic scene. He is head chef and majority owner of the 2–star Michelin restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, which specializes in Nordic cuisine and sources ingredients exclusively from Scandinavia. Classically trained, Redzepi began his culinary career at Copenhagen’s Restaurant Pierre André, eventually moving onto El Bulli, The French Laundry, and Kong Hans Koelder. He founded Noma in 2003 and since then, the restaurant has taken the number one spot in the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012. In 2008, Redzepi established the Nordic Food Lab, a non–profit institution established to explore Nordic cuisine. He also participates annually in MAD Food Camp, a platform that engages leading chefs, scientists, and academics each summer to discuss a new theme.
Redzepi’s first major cookbook, Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine (Phaidon, 2010) was hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "the most important cookbook of the year" and won both IACP and James Beard awards.