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Michelin scatters stars across Nordics

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More restaurants awarded outside the capitals
As Guide Michelin once again awards stars to Scandinavia’s finest restaurants, there have been some interesting new developments.
A restaurant in Malmö, a city with a fast emerging food scene, has become Sweden’s sixth restaurant ever to be awarded two stars – and first in that city to get a double.
“This is so huge for us. I can’t even grasp it. We have been working so hard for this,” said Mats Vollmer, one of the owners of the restaurant in question, Vollmers, which features southern Swedish dishes and a four-course tasting menu.
Two other Malmö restaurants, Bloom in the Park and Sture, got one star each. Oaxen Krog in Stockholm and Fäviken in Järpen both kept their two stars. Gothenburg did well, netting seven stars in total, just behind Stockholm’s nine.
In Norway, Sabi Omakase, a restaurant in Stavanger that creates a local version of edomae sushi, won a Michelin star. In Oslo, Maemo kept its three stars, while Statholdergaarden and Contrast in the capital retained their single stars.
In Denmark, a chef born in Essex, England, won two stars for Henne Kirkeby Kro in Jutland. It is the first eatery outside Copenhagen to win a two-star Michelin ranking and was praised for its “sublimely flavoured, classically based dishes which celebrate the surrounding farmland.”
Paul Cunningham’s award helped Denmark maintain its lead over Sweden and Norway for gourmet stars, despite three-star Geranium having been criticised by food safety inspectors and Noma temporarily closing. But Geranium kept its three stars.
KOKS in the Faroe Islands won a star, Michelin praising it for its “use of indigenous ingredients and traditional techniques like smoking and salting”.
Overall Denmark has 29 stars, Sweden 21, seven for Norway, four for Finland and one for Iceland, where Dill won the country’s first ever star.
The Local

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