At noma, a gourmet restaurant in Copenhagen, food is a performative medium. While renewing the Danish cultural heritage it also adds to it a very trendy life. By both regenerating and updating the Nordic Cuisine, the chef gives his unique interpretation of the New Nordic Kitchen. The performative experience is based on the narrative of terroir, ingredients, heritage and authenticity of place. In turn, playful nostalgia arises. Through limiting itself to one place, or region, emphasis is focused on the embodiment of the Nordic heritage. Restaurant noma is simultaneously playing with nostalgia and innovation. Nostalgia provides justification, material and sheer force, while the innovativeness makes the heritage playful, fun, and, above all, tasty.
performance, heritage, food, terroir/soil, playful nostalgia
How to CiteLarsen H. P. (2010) “PERFORMING TASTY HERITAGE”, Ethnologia Europaea. 40(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.1071
- This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.