Rene Redzepi’s new app helps to iden­tify wild food

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The chef at Copenhagen’s Noma, a four-time win­ner of the World’s 50 Best Restau­rants list, has launched an app to help us iden­tify what is ed­i­ble in our ev­ery­day sur­round­ings, so that ev­ery­one can pick food in the wild in the same way that they do at the su­per­mar­ket.

A strange shell, fish that tastes like chicken, a gi­ant mus­sel, an ink cap mush­room ... Dan­ish chef Rene Redzepi’s In­sta­gram cel­e­brates the nat­u­ral di­ver­sity of the places he vis­its, par­tic­u­larly when he sets up a pop-up restau­rant on the other side of the world. Whether he’s in Ja­pan, Aus­tralia or, most re­cently, Mex­ico, Noma’s chef seeks out wild lo­cal pro­duce to in­cor­po­rate into his dishes. As a re­sult, he has be­come fa­mous for his “wild” cui­sine. The re­open­ing of his flag­ship Copenhagen restau­rant is cre­at­ing a lot of buzz, as he’s mov­ing it to an ur­ban farm. The open­ing day was ini­tially planned for the sum­mer of 2017, but has now been post­poned to the fall.

In the mean­time, Redzepi is con­tin­u­ing his quest to spread the word about wild food by launch­ing an app en­ti­tled Vild Mad (mean­ing Wild Food, in Dan­ish). The aim is to help food lovers look more closely at the nat­u­ral world that sur­rounds them, and learn about how it can of­fer a whole host of ed­i­ble in­gre­di­ents. Recipes are be­ing added to help the app users cook the in­gre­di­ents found out­doors.

When the app was of­fi­cially launched on June 27, at a sym­po­sium in Barcelona to mark the 15th an­niver­sary of the World’s 50 Best Restau­rants, Redzepi com­mented that some peo­ple think that milk choco­late comes from a brown cow –his plan is to help give con­sumers a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of where food comes from. Redzepi’s app is part of a wider con­sid­er­a­tion of this is­sue, which con­cerns the young gen­er­a­tion most of all. This type of learn­ing, says the chef, is as im­por­tant as read­ing and writ­ing skills.

The Vild Mad app is avail­able in English and Dan­ish on Google Play and the App Store. – AFP Re­laxnews

Vild Mad is avail­able in both Dan­ish and English, and is aimed at help­ing peo­ple iden­tify food for­aged from the wild.

The hand-made sui kow dumplings are light and fluffy and filled with lots of meat.

An­other sta­ple from the fam­ily repos­i­tory, the curry laksa with chicken.

Dan­ish chef Redzepi, co-owner of the restau­rant Noma in Copenhagen, Den­mark, feels that learn­ing about where our food comes from is as im­por­tant as learn­ing to read and write. — Pho­tos: AFP

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