Nature is weird.
Gambian immigrant Ali Sanko, 62, is "the heart and soul" of Denmark's acclaimed Noma.
Three nights. Three of the world's best chefs. Sixteen global gastro-travelers. The most coveted dinner ticket of 2012.
For two days, many of the world's most famous chefs gathered in Copenhagen for the second edition of the MAD Symposium.
The man heading up the kitchen at Noma, and René Redzepi's right hand, is an ambitious 35 year old from California. Meet Matthew Orlando in Chef Talk.
After Noma, Mads was the hottest kid in town, and investors where throwing money at him. Here was Mads' chance to open up his own place.
Within several hours of beginning my work in the kitchen, my mind was well on its way to being orientated with the philosophy and ways of Noma, and a chef who truly has a passion for his terroir.
Scandinavian food doesn't require a lot of weird ingredients, spices you've never heard of before, or techniques that take seven years of culinary training to master. It is usually very simple.