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René Redzepi Announces 'Wild Food' Initiative in Copenhagen

The famed chef announced a new endeavor based around foraging
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The chef hopes to reestablish Noma in a farm environment. 

Attending today's fifteenth anniversary celebration of The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards hosted by Ferran Adrià in Barcelona, René Redzepi of Copenhagen's currently shuttered Noma announced a new endeavor he calls VILD MAD — Danish for "wild food."

Redzepi, who cooked for a benefit dinner in Connecticut earlier this month and is engaged in opening a new restaurant in Copenhagen and reestablishing Noma in a farm environment, calls VILD MAD "a comprehensive and free resource designed to help the Danish public sustainably explore and cook with wild food." He announced that the initiative would include a wild foods curriculum for Danish schools, a website and an app, and a series of foraging workshops led by 50 forest rangers around Denmark. Though it is planned primarily for Danes, some programs will be offered in English.

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"Foraging helped shape the flavors and philosophy of noma's [sic] kitchen," said Redzepi in a prepared statement, "and we believe it can be an incredible tool for people to become acquainted with the landscape; discover new flavors and ingredients; and start new conversations about where food comes from." VILD MAD kicks off officially with a festival in Copenhagen on Aug. 27.