Are you Hungry?
Mention ‘hungry’ to most people and they hope you’ve got a snack to share or a nice place to eat for lunch.
Say it to René Redzepi and I imagine his response would be an emphatic yes… because he’s hungry to reclaim the two Michelin stars he gave up by moving Noma, the restaurant he runs in Denmark which was named world’s best restaurant in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 to a new bespoke venue.
In the past, Time Magazine has named René Redzepi as one of the World's 100 Most Influential People, partly thanks to his passion for promoting food innovation and the impact he’s had on chefs around the world.
Personally, I’m really interested in looking at some of the pillars that I see behind his success and I’ve picked out six things that strike me about René. These are:
1 - HE HAS A VISION
It’s one that he truly believes in and something he makes sound so wonderful that it inspires his team of passionate individuals to want help him achieve it.
2 - HE ALLOWS HIS TEAM TO PLAY
Play to their strengths, to experiment and specifically, he encourages them to do things that will probably fail (because sometimes they don’t).
3 - FIRST SWEAT THEN RESULTS
René is passionate / obsessed, often working up to 20 hours a day.
4 - HE’S EMBRACED HIS ROOTS
During his upbringing in a remote village, he would forage with his family and this has informed his ingredient sourcing ethos.
5 - HE REFUSES TO CONFORM
In Danish society, standing out is not something you do. When Noma first opened, and served dishes that were not traditional (eg smoked eel and bread), there were a lot of shaking heads and even nasty things said, but he stuck with it.
AND MY FAVOURITE ASPECT OF RENE IS…
6 - HOW HE DEDICATES TIME TO SEEK INSPIRATION
He’s always looking for new opportunities, new ingredients and is wonderfully open to learning new things. See for yourself here:
So, take a leaf (preferably and handpicked one from a field near you) out of Rene’s book and go out there and do your thing.