One day, in 2007 while I was still living in Copenhagen, a friend of mine told me he had heard that a lot of internationally acclaimed chefs had been invited by René Redzepi to attend some kind of a special event taking place at Noma.
Since I knew of most of these 15 great chefs from France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Holland, USA, UK, Finland, and Denmark, I got curious and went to Noma looking to get some more information from Redzepi himself. I knew very little about Redzepi, only the fact that he was the two Michelin star chef of Noma. We clicked immediately, and one week later, I returned to shoot the event, taking place at Noma over two consecutive days.
Observing Redzepi during this event, I got the feeling that he was on to something BIG, something so different and so far away from the old fashioned ways of the culinary world I myself had struggled in as a young chef. My feeling was, that this young chef, with his very own way of seeing and dong things, was challenging the whole world of gastronomy, as we all knew it. And I liked that!
I felt that what he was trying to do was going to change the international world of gastronomy forever. It intrigued me and I became passionate about finding out why Redzepi was doing what he was doing, and what made him so damn good at it!
This was the embryo of the idea of which Noma, My Perfect Storm is the fruition.
I documented the event in Looking North For A Gastronomic Revolution, a 52 minutes documentary film featuring chefs René Redzepi, Alain Passard, Paul Cunningham, Bo Bech, Sergio Herman, Wylie Dufresne, Massimo Bottura, Iniaki Aiziparte, Mathias Dahlgren, Josean Martinez, Fulvio Pierangelini, Hans Valimaki and Peter Nilsson.
See trailer from 2008 here