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Denmark: Top chef cooks underground during Copenhagen Cooking

During food festival Copenhagen Cooking, Mads Refslund, one of the founding chefs of restaurant Noma and now executive chef at Acme in New York, is cooking underground in old water cisterns.
 
During food festival Copenhagen Cooking, which runs from 23 August – 1 September, the whole city will be buzzing with foodie experiences of all kinds. From Nordic tastings, pop-up restaurants, social food events at street kitchens, food trucks and at long tables to Michelin dining and wine- and cocktail tastings.
 
Top chef returns for Copenhagen Cooking
Copenhagen Cooking also marks the return of chef Mads Refslund, who is currently at acclaimed Acme in New York. He and Mette Martinussen from Madeleine’s Food Theater will be cooking underground in old water cisterns, Cisternene, now a glass museum which has been named one of the most unique museums in Europe by Forbes.
 
During the festival, the pair will be displaying the very best of fine cuisine and glass art. For many years, it has been possible to see exhibitions of glass art at Cisternerne. Now, the old cisterns are being opened for completely new experiences, bringing food art and glass art together in a culinary fusion of cold, heat, light and dark. There will be excitement for the senses and scintillating contrasts when the glass-blower takes the molten glass and becomes immersed in his craft.
 
With the dramatic limestone formations, the dank darkness and the constant temperature which is just right for serving champagne (8-10°C), it was obvious to Mads Refslund and Mette Martinussen to exploit the venue’s possibilities to create a unique culinary event.
 
Lunch and culinary storytelling in three parts
There are two possibilities for experiencing this perfect fusion of glass and gastronomy.
 
Culinary storytelling in three parts, 28 - 31 August at 7 pm
On four evenings, guests are invited to a magical gastronomic experience completely out of the ordinary. The story starts in Søndermarken’s green lawns beneath the beech trees near the beautiful fountain. Inspired by Copenhagen Cooking’s re-interpretation of the artist Krøyer’s painting ‘Hip Hip Hurra’, guests are welcomed to a dining experience on a warm summer’s evening against the backdrop of a peaceful parkland landscape – while beneath ground level the darkness of Cisternene and the glass-blower’s furnace await. The greenery in the park sets the mood and creates a clear contrast to the damp and gloomy subterranean cisterns. This interplay between glass and food, light and dark creates a magical setting for a unique culinary event. The evening ends above ground in Søndermarken as darkness falls and glasses cast their shadows.
 
Lunch, 24 - 31 August, daily from 12 noon - 5 pm
During Copenhagen Cooking, it is possible to experience a fusion of food and glass art in a culinary interplay between cold, heat, light and dark. Every day from 12 noon to 5 pm, you can experience Cisternerne (‘The Cisterns’) in a magical presentation by Mette Martinussen, taste the culinary creations and play your part in the glass and food fairy tale.
 
Copenhagen Cooking programme on www.copenhagencooking.com
Follow Copenhagen Cooking on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CopenhagenCooking
Download Copenhagen Cooking press photo at www.copenhagencooking.dk/press-contacts-copenhagen-cooking
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