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”I travelled all over the world and not in my wildest dreams did I expect Finland to be the coolest experience”
As countries’ gastronomy are evolving and changing our social life, Scandinavian TV chef goes back to the roots.
40-year-old chef Niklas Ekstedt is a father of two and runs three restaurants in central Stockholm. One of them, Ekstedt, is completely ”analogue”, with every course created with a fire pit, a wood fired oven and a wood stove and has one star in prestigious Guide Michelin since 2012.
His latest TV show, ”Food & Fire”, follows the same pattern.
— When I opened Ekstedt in 2011 it was all about Nordic cooking techniques over open fire, he tells. However, over time, I became more and more interested in how other cultures use fire in their cuisine. After all, humans have been cooking over open fire since the dawn of time, while we’ve only used electricity since the 20th century. I wanted to learn how different cultures have developed their use of fire throughout the millenniums. For example, how chefs in Peru still use the Inca people’s fire technique or the American barbecue technique, which was originally introduced by immigrants who brought the German’s technique for smoking sausages.
As mentioned, the trip to Finland was something extra.
— The smoke sauna is an amazing experience. One great tip for a real wood fired treat is to go to Sauna Island outside of Helsinki. The reason for travelling to Finland was to learn how they used the wood fired sauna for cooking. To combine a spa and a kitchen in the same room is something extra! says Ekstedt.
”Food & Fire” is in English and is now live on Viaplay. Next January sees the premiere of his next Viaplay show, ”The Art of Life”. In 2020, he will also join Heston Blumenthal as guest judge on a food show at Channel 4, produced by author Nick Hornby.Niklas Ekstedt”Food & Fire”ViaplayRestaurang EkstedtSauna IslandHeston BlumenthalNick HornbyChannel 4