Winners of international competitions like Bocuse d’Or have different methods. As different as they approach their art, they have nevertheless one thing in common: they keep themselves extremely busy in order to create that unforgettable yet perfectly balanced dish that is meant to be a highlight of your stay. Nothing else matters. That’s why it’s so rewarding to get them to talk.
Mikael Svensson, chef at Kontrast *, Mathallen, Oslo.
“I love the natural, fresh taste of Skrei [editor’s note: the type of cod that is born in the Barents Sea and later come to the Norwegian coast to spawn. Fresh from January to March]. Wild elderberry gives the fish a hint of Nordic springtime. Then I like to explore the applicable, ecological pork of the Mangalitsa breed from Gården i Svartskog, just minutes south of Oslo. The meat is accompanied by white asparagus. I whip herbs into the grease and serve with bread.”
Even Ramsvik, former chef at Ylajali * (closed 2015), currently co-owner in the restaurant group Lava
“I’m fond of the taste of in-between-season. Freshly cut Coppa ham from Ask, when cut very thinly, gives a fantastic rich and complex taste when you are longing for summer. In-between seasonal cuisine gives us the opportunity to create simple surprises.”
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