• Sweden's news in English
 

Swedish chef leads exit from 'culinary stone age'

Published: 08 Feb 2013 17:13 GMT+01:00

Daniel Räms, the 37-year-old head chef at Räms Mat & Gastronomi restaurant in Stockholm, was delighted to win at his fourth appearance at Sweden's Chef of the Year (Årets kock) competition.

"He was so happy, he almost started crying," Hanna Halpern, head of the competition, told The Local.

Räms was handed his prize by Prince Carl Philip.

The chef's winning dish was Arctic char grilled over birch wood chips and garnished with almonds and trout caviar. Sides focused on winter vegetables such as Brussel sprouts and yellow beets, alongside a cauliflower mousse accented with garlic and thyme.

IN PICTURES: See Daniel Räms preparing the winning dishes

But it wasn't just the winning dish that got organizers salivating.

"The whole competition went superbly, people were inspired," Halpern said.

"When we started this thing 30 years ago, Sweden was in the stone age in gastronomy. The only thing people knew about Sweden and cooking was The Swedish Chef from The Muppets."

She argued that not only has the quality of Sweden's top dining improved drastically, but the consumers are hungrier than ever for it.

"People are talking about the great chefs in Sweden, and consumers both here and abroad are interested," she told The Local.

"This growth on both sides means that the quality of cooking in Sweden is continuing to develop and that's very exciting."

Second place in the competition went to Stockholm-based chef Johan Backeus, with third place going to Gothenburg native Jesper Bogren.

Oliver Gee

Follow Oliver on Twitter here

Related links:

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

17:46 February 8, 2013 by HelmiVainikka
Looks like Sweden will get its own Rämsay. ;)
19:39 February 8, 2013 by theobserver
OK, 30 years ago Sweden was in the stone age in gastronomy.

Now it is in the bronze age.

This is progress, I guess....
19:43 February 8, 2013 by byke
So a Swedish contest, featuring Swedish chefs .....

Found that out of all the Swedish chefs entering, it was a Swedish chef who won.

"organisers thrilled that the event strengthens Sweden's charge onto the worldwide culinary stage"

#Facepalm-Sweden
19:46 February 8, 2013 by theobserver
OK, 30 years ago Sweden was in the stone age in gastronomy.

Now it is in the bronze age.

This is progress, I guess....
20:54 February 8, 2013 by johan rebel
"the event strengthens Sweden's charge onto the worldwide culinary stage"

Yeah, right! As if anybody outside the borders of this navel-staring, smug and self-righteous country would ever take note, let alone care.
21:16 February 8, 2013 by byke
It would be interesting to know if the ingredients used, were what they claimed to be. Especially given that Sweden is so heavily implicated in the Findus horse meat scandal.
22:48 February 8, 2013 by theobserver
Swedish don't know how to eat. They will eat anything, especially if it is free. I have tried it many times; given them any kind of leftovers, any kind of rotten old candy (yes, sugar, as long as there is sugar they love it), any kind of old biscuits, ... no problem. They devour anything. There are a few reputable restaurants in Stockholm, where you have to pay a fortune, but as long as you go outside, ... forget it. The best food in most places in Sweden is the ICA.

So, when it comes to culinary prizes given to Swedes, as judged by Swedes, let us smile. They mean nothing at all. Who, outside Sweden, cares about them? In all honesty, Sweden has probably the worst, and simultaneously most expensive cuisine, in Europe.
05:31 February 9, 2013 by Flygger
I can't really say that fish with brussel sprouts has me drooling at the mouth and I can only wonder what dish came last in this competition.

I do like traditional Swedish food mind you even, as theobserver comments, if it does seem to consist of using up leftovers quite often.

Nothing wrong with that though but this fanciful claim the organizers made ?? Oh dear.. Wrong..
07:43 February 9, 2013 by skogsbo
byke, is Sweden implicated at all in the horse meat scandal, don't think so, so far!?

Plus, for his recipe, I doubt he was using jet washed off the bone meat to boost the protein content of his meal.
11:46 February 9, 2013 by Migga
These comments on here are amongst the most laughable and ridiculous I`ve seen, all lead by theobserver. I sure hope people don`t honestly belive what they write on here and are just trying to provoke or troll.
12:23 February 9, 2013 by Flygger
@Migga

Good for you !! You must know something that no-one else does.

Care to elucidate or are you just trying to provoke or troll yourself ??

Anyways, you are entitled to your own comments, as worthless as they are, the same as anyone else.

I just came on here to say that the horsemeat / Findus article has for some reason stopped taking or showing comments so this is actually directed to TL management. Sorry Migga but you just aren't important.

What the heck has happened TL ??? Why have you done this ??
12:25 February 9, 2013 by byke
Ikea meatballs, really are the dogs böllocks
17:15 February 10, 2013 by theobserver
@Migga:

As someone who has spent considerable amount of time in many European countries, I consider what I wrote a fact, based on evidence. It is not, as you perhaps believe, trolling.

The truth of the matter is that Sweden is ages behind in cuisine. There are, indeed, some good restaurants, but they are not for someone with an ordinary job because they are outrageously expensive. Good, inexpensive, food does not exist. This is because most Swedes I know are happy to eat anything. Especially if it is free. I used to be a cook, but gave it up in Sweden precisely because I don't believe that one should have to pay 1000 kronor to eat something decent.

This is why I said that Sweden is still in the bronze age of gastronomy. Surprising indeed, given the fact that many Swedes have traveled abroad and seen what good, and not so expensive, food can be like. At home, many are happy with skinka-ost tubes, frozen meatballs, and cans of sill. (Nothing wrong with sill, I eat it too, but I don't want to go to a restaurant and served food from cans or frozen food.)
12:21 February 11, 2013 by Migga
@ theobserver

Well even if you have several years of experience it still isn`t fact and all Swedes hardly feel or think like the ones you know. But sure the cost of food is high in Sweden but that`s because of long transports and taxes, but the price has nothing to do with the food itself. Judge it by taste, not cost.
Today's headlines
Sweden calls Nemtsov killing 'an execution'
The body of Boris Nemtsov on a bridge near the Kremlin. Photo: Pavel Golovkin/AP

Sweden calls Nemtsov killing 'an execution'

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has described the killing of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov of further evidence of "Putin's reign of terror with regards to security, human rights and democracy". READ  

Malmö school 'too dangerous' for students
Photo: TT

Malmö school 'too dangerous' for students

A secondary school in Malmö has been closed after the teachers' union declared that it is too dangerous a place for students and teachers to attend due to widespread violence and criminality. READ  

Measles outbreak spreads to Sweden
MMR vaccine. File photo: Eric Risberg/AP

Measles outbreak spreads to Sweden

Sweden has recorded its first case of measles linked to the recent massive outbreak across Europe with healthcare services responding with calls for extra vigilance. READ  

Sweden's Ericsson sues Apple in patent spat
Photo: TT

Sweden's Ericsson sues Apple in patent spat

Swedish telecoms group Ericsson announced Friday a lawsuit against US tech giant Apple claiming that its technology was used in iPhones and other wireless devices despite a lapsed licencing agreement. READ  

IN PICTURES: Swedes in 'ring of peace' protest
Photo: TT

IN PICTURES: Swedes in 'ring of peace' protest

Up to a 1000 Swedes turned out to form a human shield around Stockholm's synagogue on Friday as a protest against extremism. Here are some images from the event. READ  

Swedes in 'ring of peace' synagogue protest
Photo: TT

Swedes in 'ring of peace' synagogue protest

A human shield of up to a 1000 Swedes staged a protest against extremism outside the Stockholm synagogue Friday in response to the Copenhagen shootings earlier this month in which two people died. READ  

Swedes to form 'ring of peace' at synagogue
A ring of peace around a synagogue in Oslo. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/NTB scanpix/TT

Swedes to form 'ring of peace' at synagogue

UPDATED: Hundreds of young Swedes were set to form a 'ring of peace' around a synagogue in Stockholm on Friday afternoon, in a show of solidarity two weeks after Jews were among those targeted in a pair of deadly shootings in Copenhagen. READ  

Sweden raps 'brutal' Assyrian abductions
Assyrians citizens during a sit-in for abducted Christians in Beirut, Lebanon on Thursday. Photo: TT

Sweden raps 'brutal' Assyrian abductions

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has slammed the abduction of Christians in Syria earlier this week and pledged to keep supporting communities affected by the ongoing fighting in the Middle East. READ  

Escalator return stalled in Swedish capital
Commuters using some of the stationary escalators in Stockholm. Photo: TT

Escalator return stalled in Swedish capital

Commuters in Stockholm are set for more frustration next week, with 39 escalators set to remain switched off at some of the city's busiest underground stations, following an accident a fortnight ago. READ  

Copenhagen shootings
Third arrest over fatal Danish terror shootings
The window of the Copenhagen cultural centre where one man was shot. Photo: TT

Third arrest over fatal Danish terror shootings

A man has been arrested for "complicity" in the Copenhagen shootings that killed two people earlier this month, with the Swedish artist Lars Vilks among the presumed targets of the attacks. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Super cute sloth twins charm visitors to Swedish zoo
Sponsored Article
Ten tips for succeeding as a start-up in Sweden
Lifestyle
Meet Sweden's first woman chef to win a Michelin star
Business & Money
Ten Swedish start-ups you haven't heard of (yet)
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: February 26th - March 5th
Blog updates

27 February

Editor’s blog, February 27th (The Local Sweden) »

"Our most read story this week got picked up by global media from Al Jazeera to..." READ »

 

18 February

The mysterious -s, part 2 (The Swedish Teacher) »

"-s expressing “each other” (reciprocal verbs) You have most likely used this form of the verbs..." READ »

 
 
 
Accelerated for Ice Music
What is Bob Dylan's guitarist doing in northern Sweden?
Features
How well do you know Sweden's top celebrity couples?
Business & Money
Are company boards 'too white' in Sweden?
Gallery
People-watching: February 25th
Technology
Sweden is dubbed second most 'digital' nation in European Union
National
Why more Swedes want a sex change
National
The return of Sweden's Ace of Base
National
Why has Julian Assange's case been going on for so long?
National
'21' or 'IS'? Swedish police confuse birthday with Islamist extremism
National
Spring has sprung in Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Ängelholm
National
How to never miss your favourite weekly features on The Local
National
Is Sweden home to the world's oldest living cat?
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The life and career of Fredrik Reinfeldt
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Princess Estelle through the years
National
Why are Swedish Jews worried?
Sponsored Article
Tourist or lifer: what sort of expat are you?
Gallery
People-watching: February 19th-22nd
National
'Racist' bird names banned in Sweden
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden this week
National
Nobel prize to go under hammer
National
Swede named 'Fanny' banned from getting UK loyalty card
National
Spotlight on the Swedes that could be funding Islamists
Sponsored Article
Are you an American expat? How to face FATCA
Gallery
People-watching: February 18th
National
Is a chocolate crime wave sweeping across Sweden?
National
What we know about the Copenhagen shootings suspect
National
Danish Ambassador: 'We'll live our lives the way we always have'
National
What does this '90s pop act have to do with a former minister?
Lifestyle
How to embrace Sweden's creamy semla bun tradition
National
Did this Swedish hotel really refuse a gay couple?
National
Why are so many escalators down on Stockholm's Metro?
Gallery
Property of the week: Kungsbacka
National
Can Zlatan's tattoo stunt help end world hunger?
Gallery
People-watching: February 14th
Lars Vilks
National
Who exactly is controversial Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks?
Lifestyle
VIDEO: How to tackle Sweden's bizarre mating rituals
Sponsored Article
'Immigration is critical' for Stockholm’s future
Lifestyle
How to make traditional Swedish blackberry pie
National
What the weak krona means for expats and visitors to Sweden
National
What's in a Swedish meatball?
National
Spotlight on 32 Swedish Isis fighters killed in Syria and Iraq
Sponsored Article
Stockholm job fair helps immigrant entrepreneurs
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

976
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se