Culinary Sweden at its best
Yesterday, we were really pleased to have three young and extremely talented Swedish chefs cooking a fantastic meal for British guests with a great interest in culinary trends. The guests included Tyler Brûlé, Peter York and the chef Ollie Dabbous, who was recently referred to as the most wanted chef in Britain by Jay Rayner in the Observer.
Just looking at the menu really tickled the taste buds. There were combinations that you would not have seen a number of years ago in Sweden. It was a simple yet sophisticated cuisine, with a surprisingly light and elegant touch, a green identity and seasonal structure, local yet global in thought and craftsmanship.
Daniel Berlin is the chef and owner of a small restaurant in Österlen. He was the winner of the international S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Young Chef Of The Year 2011 in Venice. Ola Rudin and Sebastian Persson are chefs and former owners of the internationally praised avant-garde restaurant Trio in Malmö. They are currently working on a new and secret restaurant with an unusual concept.
These three chefs are no doubt representing some of the most creative minds that we have in Swedish cooking at the moment. They prepared an exceptional meal that displayed the latest in Swedish cuisine. Their mission was to de-mystify the unusual products found close to their kitchens – sometimes in their own garden, as in the case of Daniel Berlin.
For those of you who have watched the Bridge you quickly realize how essential coffee drinking is in our culture. The dinner wouldn’t have been complete without a very special thank you speech by Peter York and the special type of coffee that was served at the very end.
It is interesting with the major change in Sweden in the last few years. We see a big increase in really good restaurants – sometimes located in rather exotic places in the countryside or on islands or in major cities. An increasing amount of restaurants today have their own garden. In the last survey of the Restaurant Magazine three of the world’s 50 best restaurants were actually Swedish. It is only fair to say that we have come quite a long way in Sweden if you compare to what our culinary traditions used to be like.