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Michelin-starred Noma to close as full-time restaurant, reinvent as new food 'lab'

Copenhagen's Noma was established in 2003 by Danish chef Rene Redzepi and is renowned for its avant-garde approach to Nordic cuisine. 

Michelin-starred Noma to close as full-time restaurant, reinvent as new food 'lab'

FILE PHOTO: Rene Redzepi, the head chef of Noma in Copenhagen, talks during an interview with Reuters at Noma at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo Feb 10, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Noma will close as a full-time restaurant in 2025, with the US$505 per head foodie favourite focusing on pop-ups and innovation instead in order to secure a long-term future.

With three Michelin stars, Copenhagen's Noma was established in 2003 by Danish chef Rene Redzepi and is renowned for its avant-garde approach to Nordic cuisine, topping the rankings of the world's best restaurants several times.

"In 2025, our restaurant is transforming into a giant lab a pioneering test kitchen dedicated to the work of food innovation and the development of new flavours," Noma said in a posting announcing the move on its website.

"Our goal is to create a lasting organization dedicated to groundbreaking work in food," said Noma, whose name is a play on the Danish words "nordisk mad", meaning "Nordic food".

Reservations for a table at Noma, which is serving its Game and Forest Season menu until Feb 18 at a cost of 3,500 Danish crowns (US$505) per person, were hard to come by even before the announcement of its new "Noma 3.0" incarnation.

"We will still serve guests in Copenhagen for shorter seasons, and through pop-ups, but the details are still to be worked out," a spokesperson for Noma told Reuters.

Source: Reuters/sr

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