We are extremely delighted to have Esben Holmboe Bang at Edinburgh Food Studio for the North Sea Saga dinner series on the 27th, 28th & 29th October. Esben is head chef and co-owner of Norway’s ground-breaking three Michelin-starred Restaurant Maaemo. He was born and raised in Copenhagen, but has spent most of his culinary career in Oslo.
The Norwegian terroir is a relatively unknown treasure of the international culinary world, but it is something that Esben is passionate about exploring. Esben’s cuisine is focused on creating an experience around the clean, bright flavours of Norway, using entirely organic, biodynamic, or wild produce.
"We opened Maaemo to have something that we felt was the right way to let Norwegian nature shine through on the plate,” explains Esben.
It’s a bold style of cooking that has won the young chef a legion of fans and a listing as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Chefs in the World and Elite Traveler Magazine’s “15 most influential chefs of the next decade.”
In 2012, just 14 months after opening, Maaemo was awarded two Michelin stars in its first ever mention in the prestigious guide, becoming the first, and only, restaurant in the Nordics to do so. In 2016, Maaemo was awarded a third Michelin star, making Esben the youngest chef to currently hold Michelin’s highest accolade and the first ever in Norway to do so. Maaemo was also listed No.64 in the top 100 restaurants in the world at the 2015 World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.
Esben grew up in a family where there was a great deal of emphasis on sustainability and agriculture, and much of the chef’s inspiration comes from nature. Esben’s focus is on not diluting the natural flavour and quality of the raw ingredients.
Esben’s playful tasting menu of over 20 courses takes Norwegian food and strips it back to its bare essentials before recomposing it in an entirely new narrative. A meal at Maaemo will transport guests on a breathtaking culinary tour of Norway that sees them travel from the temperate climes of the southerly Hvaler islands to the cold pristine waters of Norway's West Coast and on to the expansive inland wilderness of Røros, as the tastes of Norway are brought to life on the plate.
Dinner starts at 8pm, and guests are welcome from 7:30pm. The set menu costs a giveaway price of £42, and drinks pairing menu will be available for £35.
To book the "North Sea Saga" dinner on either 27th, 28th, 29th October email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 258 0758. To avoid disappointment please book in advance and let us know of your dietary requirements.