Named the world’s best restaurant in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, René Redzepi took the world by storm when he opened Noma in Copenhagen.

Redzepi grew up in Denmark, Macedonia and Yugoslavia before enrolling in cooking school at age 15. Upon graduation, he apprenticed for four years at the Michelin-starred Pierre Andre. He continued to work mostly in Copenhagen restaurants when he was asked, at age 24, to be the head chef of the new Noma restaurant.

Known for making Nordic cuisine, Redzepi forages for ingredients to create his fresh dishes, and he also plays with fermentation and dehydration methods. Redzepi received two Michelin stars for his creations.