World's best restaurant, Noma, set to close, says chef Rene Redzepi
10th January 2023

World’s best restaurant Noma – where dishes have included live ants and veal ‘fibres’ and lunch can cost £653 – will close this year, as its innovative owner blames industry’s ‘gruelling’ workload

  • Food alchemist Rene Redzepi this week revealed Noma will close at 2023’s end
  • Danish eatery has been named the world’s best restaurant five times – and was awarded an elusive third Michelin star in 2021 
  • His Copenhagen restaurant will become a giant test kitchen, dubbed Noma 3.0, instead and will open in 2025, serving only for short periods in the year
  • Read more:  Mother reveals terrifying moment air-fryer set on fire which ‘could have burned the kitchen down’

One of the world’s most creative restaurants – which boasts three Michelin stars and has put ingredients such as Finnish reindeer moss, fibres of veal and live ants on the menu – is set to close its doors at the end of 2023, its owner has announced. 

Rene Redzepi, 45, is widely considered one of the world’s top chefs and thanks to his kitchen alchemy Noma has been named the world’s best restaurant five times – and lunch with a wine pairing currently costs 5,500 Danish Krone, around £653.

He said his Copenhagen flagship restaurant, which first opened in 2003, will become a giant test kitchen, dubbed Noma 3.0, in 2024 – only opening in 2025 for short periods at a time. 

In an interview with The New York Times, he said the ‘unsustainable’ nature of the global fine dining scene – which commands long hours in the kitchen and painstakingly high standards, along with the pandemic had helped him make the decision to shut up shop. 

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A post on Instagram published this week read: ‘To continue being Noma, we must change … Winter 2024 will be the last season of Noma as we know it.’

In a fan Q&A on his own page, he admitted turning his hugely successful business, which has employed full-time foragers, gardeners, and researchers to inspire new dishes, into a progressive food lab was daunting. 

He said he’d spent the last two years planning the announcement, saying: ‘It’s scary and it’s weird but I know it’s the right thing to do. As soon as the pandemic hit I had this feeling that it was time for something different.’

Currently in Tokyo, where a Noma pop-up restaurant will open for five months, the celebrated chef said he was looking to the future. 

Celebrated chef and Noma’s owner Rene Redzepi this week revealed the three-Michelin starred eatery will close at 2023’s end

Creative: Dishes over the years have included ingredients such as Finnish reindeer moss and live ants (Pictured: Barbecued langoustine and langoustine heads)

His Copenhagen restaurant will become a giant test kitchen, dubbed Noma 3.0, instead and will open in 2025, serving only for short periods in the year

In an interview with the New York Times, Redzepi said the global fine dining scene was ‘unsustainable’

Noma 3.0 will be focused ‘on innovation, on nature understanding and human growth’, he told fans on Instagram

‘We have a chance with this to actually do amazing work for the next two to three decades.’ 

Noma 3.0 will be focused ‘on innovation, on nature understanding and human growth’, he told fans. 

He said the kitchen would open in 2025 and that his staff were, like him, ‘nervous’ but that he had ‘not yet heard from anyone who doesn’t feel it’s the right step.’

In 2021, the Copenhagen restaurant took home the top spot in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, with fellow Danish eatery Geranium named number one in 2022. Noma previously topped the list in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

The latest news is Noma’s third incarnation. In 2017, the restaurant shut down its original location near the Danish capital’s Opera House, and reopened in Copenhagen’s hippyish Christiania neighborhood.

In 2021, the Copenhagen restaurant took home the top spot in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, with fellow Danish eatery Geranium named number one in 2022

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