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How to Get Past This World-Famous Restaurant's 35,000-Person Waiting List

Noma head chef René Redzepi is giving two people a chance to fly to Copenhagen for the restaurant's reopening in the name of charity.
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After more than a year’s hiatus, award-winning Copenhagen restaurant Noma  has announced its much-awaited reopening in the second quarter of 2018.

On January 18, reservations opened for Noma’s May relaunch, and seats sold out in less than 24 hours. If you try to book now, you’ll be behind over 35,000 people on the waiting list.

Via @reneredzepinoma - from the menu: steamed wild oyster with crunchy broccoli stem.

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There is hope. Those looking to forego the long wait may get two seats to the opening, win a complimentary flight and four-star accommodations in Copenhagen, Denmark, and get to know the Noma team a little better in an intimate meeting the morning after opening night. All you need to do is make a minimum donation to MAD, head chef René Redzepi’s nonprofit organization. Obviously, a larger donation increases the chances of winning the prize since it’s a raffle-style contest, but it also contributes to the MAD community dedicated to securing the future of food through a global network of chefs, farmers, and entrepreneurs.

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Noma temporarily shut its doors in February 2017. It then opened as a pop-up at a resort in Tulum, New Mexico, where its entire staff relocated and tried making tacos. The restaurant scheduled its reopening last December but postponed the event to give Redzepi more time to come up with a menu.

This isn’t the first time Noma closed temporarily. Redzepi has always felt the constant need to innovate. After ushering the 2016 New Year with a final service, it moved to Sydney, Australia, from December to April 2016 “to see what happens when the Noma approach is applied to Australian ingredients.”

The restaurant has garnered its fair share of awards. A decade ago, it earned two stars from the Michelin Guide. For three consecutive years, it won the prestigious title of World’s Best Restaurant from 2010 to 2012. It regained the title in 2014.


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MAD began in 2011 as a two-day symposium with over three hundred personalities affiliated with the food industry gathered in a red circus tent in Copenhagen. Since then, it’s evolved into a change-seeking body that aims to educate the cooking community and create solutions for the food world’s greatest problems. The organization hosts various events all year long but the symposium remains its biggest venture. This year, the event will take place in Copenhagen from August 26 to 27.

h/t: Omaze

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