Gastronomy & Food Service

Copenhagen’s Geranium Named Best Restaurant in the World After Going Meat-Free

Chef Rasmus Kofoed of the 3-star Michelin restaurant Geranium, decided to remove meat from his menu at the end of 2021, with the change coming into effect this January. This summer, Geranium was named best restaurant in the world.

Founded in 2007 by Kofoed and Søren Ledet and located in a Copenhagen football stadium, the Copenhagen fine dining spot was awarded second place in the list in 2021. Following the menu changes, it was named The Best Restaurant in Europe and The World’s Best Restaurant 2022. The reservation list takes bookings three months in advance and reservations are booked within minutes, according to Tasting Table.

“The menu is a reflection of myself, who I am and how I am evolving as a chef and as a human being. I haven’t eaten meat at home for five years, so not using it in the new menu was a logical decision and a natural progression for Geranium,” the chef explained on his social networks.

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Image credit Claes Bech Poulsen

The awards website states: “Rasmus Kofoed is the first chef in Denmark to earn three Michelin stars, which were granted to Geranium in 2016. Kofoed is also the only chef to have ever won the gold, silver and bronze medals at the esteemed global cooking competition the Bocuse d’Or, and his meticulous approach to seasonal Danish cuisine has seen Geranium climb its way up The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list from No.49 in 2012 to No.2 in 2021.”

“Rasmus Kofoed, Søren Ledet and their team have created an unforgettable dining experience, taking seasonal cooking to superlative heights and delivering precise, beautiful and elegant food that combines art and flavour alongside a ground-breaking drinks programme,” says William Drew, of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

The restaurant is not yet fully vegetarian or vegan, as seafood is still used in some dishes. 

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