MAD4 Symposium once again made Copenhagen the meeting place for hundreds of influential chefs from all over the world. It is truly fantastic, that Redzepi and the Noma crew have managed to build this event.
However there were fewer stars than earlier, and not so many inspiring talks as seen before. Maybe a little too much retrospect.
But it was a success, very well summed up by by Allan Jenkins of The Guardian:
“Where else but MAD will you get to hear a supersmart Moma, New York, curator, a near legendary founder of Nouvelle Cuisine and a passionate plant activist encouraging the overwhelmingly white audience to “raise their hands, don’t shoot’ and grow sunflowers on urban open space? The catering’s done by Amazonian social entrepeneurs one day and the world’s hippest street truck the next, all washed down by bottles of bespoke Mikeller beers. As a “friend of Denmark” with a summerhouse in Ebeltoft, still slightly disturbed by eating a live langoustine last week at Noma and the Danish cult for natural wine, I feel like an outsider in your country sometimes but that is why MAD works for me, a circus tent of insider outsiders can be a good place to listen and learn. “