Redzepi says it’s not practical to “fairly compensate” the nearly 100 employees, and to maintain the restaurant’s high standard while charging prices consumers are willing to pay. Soon a dinner in a three-star restaurant would cost €500 per person. According to Redzepi, the current situation is “simply too difficult” and therefore must work in a different way.
Noma, one of the best restaurants in the world, will thus turn into a “laboratory” within a year. The site will be dedicated to food innovation and the development of new flavours.
The new Noma will occasionally open as a pop-up restaurant. Details about this have not yet been announced. The current restaurant has been attracting gourmets to the Danish capital for years.
Opened in 2003, the restaurant has been voted the best restaurant in the world five times, as the winner of a list of fifty restaurants. Noma topped the list in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and most recently in 2021. But in addition to awards and stars, the restaurant has also received criticism. went according to New York times about paying low or no wages to full-time employees who were sometimes hired as apprentices.
Saqi Numa is Ava Mees List. She has been working in the restaurant since 2018. Previously, she was, among other things, manager of Café Schiller in Amsterdam.
Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the restaurant would be closing at the end of 2023. We based this on incorrectly provided information. This should be the end of 2024.
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