‘Everything is possible in Jakob’s world’, is the theme in the Copenhagen restaurant Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, where Jakob Mielcke rules the roost as chef de cuisine. The 38-year-old Dane was recently listed by Phaidon as one of the 100 most creative chefs in the world (Phaeton Press), and he is one of the leading representatives of the New Nordic Cuisine, without making a religious dogma out of the movement. For his seasonal creations, which he composes as though they were avant-garde pieces of art, he lets nature inspire him while slipping in French and Asian elements in a relaxed manner. Guests can always be assured of delicious surprises – such as, chicken with yuzu zest and chanterelles or lobster with sake, sancho and cherries and the turbot with lemon verbena, fresh red currants, bergamot and peas, ‘devil’s eggs’ made of foie gras on biscuits with raspberries and smoked oysters with pork and lingonberries. The inspiration source for Jakob Mielcke’s art of cookery is the restaurant’s fairy tale setting. The Mielcke & Hurtigkal is located in an 18th century winter pavilion in the middle of the Frederiksberg Park in Copenhagen, the Danish Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden, one of the oldest and most beautiful parks in the world.
Restaurant Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, Frederiksberg/Kopenhagen (DK), www.mhcph.com
90 points ‘International Masterclass’ (highest category), White Guide Nordic 2016
No 13 – Best Nordic Restaurants 2015
COCO – 10 World-Leading Masters choose 100 Contemporary Chefs (Phaidon Press)
‘Chef profile of the year’, Den Danske Spiseguide 2012