Noma Gets Three Stars! The Michelin Guide Nordic Countries 2021

The Michelin Guide Nordic Countries 2021 was virtual this year, with the awards live streamed from Stavanger, Norway on YouTube as well as on TV at Matkanalen. The biggest news: Noma finally got three stars! You can check our predictions about tonight’s results here. Scroll down to see all of the stars and awards from this year’s Michelin awards.


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Noma Finally Gets Three Stars!

The Michelin Guide has finally awarded chef René Redzepi and his team at Noma with their much-deserved three stars!! Noma is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most groundbreaking and innovative restaurants, and we’re thrilled that the French culinary Bible has finally recognized it as a three-star restaurant.

Lobster and rose petals from Noma's summer season 2021.
Lobster and rose petals from Noma’s summer season 2021.

Maaemo Returns With Three Stars

Norway’s most esteemed restaurant, Maaemo, entered the Michelin guide with two stars in 2012 and received three stars in 2016. Chef Esben Holmboe Bang closed his restaurant at the end of December and reopened Maaemo 2.0 a few months later. Why Michelin decided to remove the restaurant from the guide last year is not clear, but we are thrilled they are back in the guide now with three stars! Maaemo is better than ever, and Norway’s best restaurant. Watch our Youtube video from the meal here:

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Two Stars for Kong Hans Kælder in Copenhagen, Denmark

One of the oldest restaurants in Copenhagen got upgraded from one star to two – Kong Hans Kælder! We had the honor of surprising chef Mark Lundgaard to give him the good news. Watch our Youtube video below, produced for Matkanalen for the Michelin Guide Nordic star revelation show, telling him he’s getting a second star:

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One Star for Lyst in Vejle, Denmark

One of the best new restaurants in Denmark is Lyst in Vejle, just two hours from Copenhagen. Chef Daniel McBurnie got awarded his much-deserved star today at the 2021 awards. The menu is made up largely of seafood, and sustainability is a huge focus. All ingredients come from within a 100-mile radius. Watch our Youtube video from the meal here:

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One Star for ÄNG in Tvååker, Sweden

We recently visited chef Filip Gemzell’s restaurant ÄNG at Ästad Vingård and instantly pegged it as a Michelin candidate. The tasting menu primarily features ingredients from the neighboring regions and local Swedish farmers, and chef Gemzell and his team have previously won awards from the 360°Eat Guide for their sustainability efforts. Read our review of the meal here.

We predicted one star for restaurant ÄNG – and they got it!
We predicted one star for restaurant ÄNG – and they got it!

3 Stars

Copenhagen, Denmark

Oslo, Norway

2 Stars

Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Kong Hans Kælder ⭐⭐

1 Star

Copenhagen, Denmark

Vejle, Denmark

Aarhus, Denmark

Sønderborg, Denmark

Stockholm, Sweden

Gothenburg, Sweden

  • Project ⭐

Tvååker, Sweden

Öland, Sweden

  • Hotell Borgholm ⭐

Helsinki, Finland

  • Finnjävel Salonki ⭐

Bib Gourmand

Special Awards

From the stage, Gwendal Poullennec announced that there are three special awards this year: young chef, sommelier, service, and chef mentor.

  • The young chef award went to Christoffer Sørensen at Studio in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • The service award went to Finnjävel Salonki in Helsinki, Finland.
  • The sommelier award went to Henrik Dahl Jahnsen at Speilsalen in Trondheim, Norway.
  • The chef mentor award went to René Redzepi at Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Kaitlin Orr

Kaitlin Orr and Anders Husa are food & travel bloggers and creative content creators. From their base in Copenhagen, they operate the largest and most influential restaurant-focused travel blog in Scandinavia.


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