I have some exciting news to share! Next year, we are launching the 360° Eat Guide in the Nordics – a completely new way to evaluate restaurants. The experienced Swedish restaurant reviewer Pär Bergkvist is the initiator of what will be the first restaurant guide in the world ranking both gastronomy and sustainability. Make sure to follow the guide on Instagram! Over 250 restaurants all over the Nordic region will be ranked in a digital guide. The work starts already this month, and the first ever guide will be released in the summer of 2019. The jury consists of around 20 of the most influential food writers in the Nordic region and each country is represented by a chairman. I will be the chairman of Norway, and my first task has been to put together a Norwegian jury. On my team, I have selected wine blogger Linn Johnsen and barista and beer sommelier André Brandt. Both are experienced diners who know the Nordic dining scene very well. Transparency and openness are keywords for 360°, as opposed to other guides, both jury and criteria will be made public.
Ranking Restaurants on Gastronomy & Sustainability
– The clock is ticking, yet way too few restaurants take sustainability issues seriously enough. At the same time, restaurant guests don’t make demands that are tough enough, we trust the restaurants to take responsibility for the food that’s being served – but in reality, very few do, says Pär.
Whereas traditional restaurant guides only rate food, drink, and service, 360° takes an utterly necessary step to rate the entirety – including to which extent the restaurant focuses on the origin and traceability of products, food waste, education of staff regarding sustainability matters, more plant-based foods on the menu, a seasonal focus and sustainable meat and fish.
– For 360° – as well as the guest – the gastronomy will always number one during a restaurant visit. The food needs to be excellent, but it’s also time we all started to evaluate how the restaurant works with sustainability issues. We need to open our eyes – no excuses can be made anymore. That’s why we choose to start at the top, by rating the best, most famous and most acclaimed Nordic restaurants – in other words, those we think should act as role models, not least regarding these matters, concludes Pär Bergkvist.
360° Eat Guide will be produced by Restaurangvärlden – Sweden’s leading restaurant business magazine. Partners include WWF (World Wildlife Fund) – the international non-governmental organization that works for wilderness preservation and the reduction of human impact on the environment, as well as KRAV – the Swedish organization that develops and maintains regulations for ecologically sustainable agriculture. For press inquiries, please contact Pär Bergkvist at +46 703184543 or par (@) bergkvistpublishing.se.
Chairman, Nordic region: Pär Bergkvist
The initiator of 360° and CEO at Bergkvist Publishing, the company behind the guide. Publisher at Restaurangvärlden, BAKA, White Guide Junior and White Guide Green; author of five cookbooks.
Chairman, Sweden: Pia Bendel
Editor in chief at business magazines Restaurangvärlden and BAKA at Bergkvist Publishing. Formerly editor in chief at Mat & Vänner, Vin & Bar Journalen, and alltomat.se and editor at Gourmet and Aperitif.
Chairman, Finland: Pauliina Siniauer
Restaurant critic formerly at Helsingin Sanomat, Radio Helsinki, Saveur and NBC News. Has studied food journalism in Helsinki, Berlin and New York. Currently works at The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
Chairman, Denmark: Rasmus Palsgård
In 2015, at the age of 26, Rasmus Palsgård became the youngest member of The Danish Food Critic Association. Founder of blog Finschmeckeren and a regular contributor to several leading, Danish gastronomy magazines.
Chairman, Norway: Anders Husa
Anders Husa is a marketer, food writer, and photographer based in Oslo. Through the work of his restaurant and travel blog, he has dined at some of the best restaurants in Scandinavia and around the world. He is a regular contributor to the Norwegian food magazine Appetitt and has his own TV series on Matkanalen.
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Jury photos: Lars Jansson