The famous Danish restaurant Noma, which has been called the best restaurant in the world more than once, announced Monday that it will close and become “a pioneering test kitchen” for “food innovation and the development of new flavours.”
The Nordic cuisine restaurant run by chef Rene Redzepi will close in the winter of 2024 and reopen as Noma 3.0, the Copenhagen restaurant said on its website.
“In 2025, our restaurant will be turned into a giant lab, a pioneering test kitchen dedicated to food innovation and the development of new flavours,” it said. “The results of our work will be shared with more people than ever before.”
Redzepi, who is the chef and co-owner of Noma, said that they will travel to “search for new ways to share our work” and that there could be “a Noma pop-up,” but he didn’t say where. “We will do a season in Copenhagen” after the trip.
Redzepi told Berlingske, one of Denmark’s biggest daily newspapers, “But I don’t want to commit to anything right now.”
Politiken, a major newspaper, said that the restaurant’s space in Copenhagen will be changed to make products for the Noma Projects line. These will include fermented sauces, cooking classes, and an online platform.
“Serving guests will still be a big part of who we are, but we won’t be defined by being a restaurant. Instead, we will spend a lot of time looking into new projects and coming up with more ideas and products.”
Noma has already changed once in the past. In 2015, the restaurant said it would close at the end of 2016 and then reopen near the hippie neighbourhood of Christiania in Copenhagen with its own vegetable farm.
Noma opened in 2003. The name comes from the Danish words for “Nordic” and “Food,” which are combined to make the word “Noma.” The restaurant got two Michelin stars and was voted three times by Britain’s Restaurant Magazine to be the best restaurant in the world in 2010, 2011, and 2012.