The new 2012 edition of the Michelin Guide has awarded Copenhagen’s restaurants a total of 14 stars. Not only is that more than any other Scandinavian city, it is also more than other European cities such as Hamburg, Amsterdam and Vienna. Copenhagen also has more Michelin restaurants than Rome.
This year’s edition of the Michelin Guide awards stars to four new restaurants in Copenhagen, which now has 13 restaurants with a total of 14 Michelin stars. Rasmus Kofoed’s restaurant Geranium achieved a Michelin star. Kofoed was named world’s best chef at Bocuse d’Or, considered the world championship for professional chefs. Another new Michelin restaurant is Relæ with head chef Christian Puglisi, formerly chef at Noma. Relæ. The restaurant is located in a rustic cellar in the up-and-coming trendy district of Nørrebro. Also restaurant Grønbech & Churchill and Den Røde Cottage are now Michelin restaurants.
The Michelin Guide is not only about stars. There is also the Bib Gourmand -- a Michelin-guide award category for great restaurants which are more affordable and deliver particularly good value for money. In 2012 Copenhagen’s restaurants was awarded a total of 12 Bib Gourmands. The gastronomy scene of Copenhagen also involves the popular food festival Copenhagen Cooking, which has become the biggest food festival of the North. In 2011 Copenhagen Cooking (both the large summer edition in late August and the winter edition during February’s Wondercool festival) attracted an estimated 100,000 participants. This year’s Copenhagen Cooking runs from Aug. 24 to Sept. 2 and for the third time in a winter edition in February 2013.