This afternoon at the digital White Guide awards ceremony in Copenhagen, restaurant Alchemist received this year’s top score, thereby securing the award “Restaurant of the Year” in Denmark for the second time in a row.
The position at the top of the “Global Masterclass” list was secured by reaching a score of 99 points out of 100, closely followed by Geranium and Noma in the. “We were almost in chock last year when we received this recognition after only 4 months of opening. It is a privilege to receive it for the second time, but the feeling is also a bit ambivalent in this very challenging year for the restaurant industry. 2020 has been a rollercoaster ride for us, receiving 2 Michelin stars in February, and the pandemic shortly after hitting the restaurant industry like a tidal wave. I am above all grateful to my fantastic team for all their hard work and efforts”, said Head Chef and co-owner of Alchemist, Rasmus Munk, after the award ceremony.
In their latest review of Alchemist White Guide stated that “Alchemist has to be experienced – reading about it is not enough. But you can nonetheless write about the greatness in a visit with Rasmus Munk and his crew, that envelopes guests in a fantasy of food, emotions, responsibility, perfection, creativity, science, enjoyment, other worlds, dreams, and closeness.”
Alchemist is the brainchild of Chef Rasmus Munk. The restaurant opened in July 2019 and was named Restaurant of the Year in White Guide Denmark in October the same year. In February 2020 Alchemist received 2 Michelin stars, and in June 2020 the restaurant was ranked no 2 on the Opinionated About Dining list.
Alchemist aims to push the borders when it comes to the concept of fine dining as art, drama, gastronomy, and spectacular visuals blend into one all-encompassing multisensory experience. There are 50 “impressions” on the menu – many which comment on serious issues like gavage, food waste, and plastic pollution as well as serving up homages to both Andy Warhol and George Orwell. A planetarium dome with a diameter of 57 feet constitutes the main dining room at the heart of the restaurant. Rasmus Munk has named this new style of dining “Holistic Cuisine”.
Winners of “Restaurant of the Year” in White Guide Denmark
2021: Alchemist, Copenhagen
2020: Alchemist, Copenhagen
2019: Noma, Copenhagen
2018: Geranium, Copenhagen
2017: Noma, Copenhagen
2016: Noma, Copenhagen
2015: Noma, Copenhagen
2014: Noma, Copenhagen
The top-20 restaurants in White Guide Denmark 2021 (The numbers refer to points for food / total points) 1. Alchemist, Copenhagen, 39/99 2. Geranium, Copenhagen, 38/98 3. Noma, Copenhagen, 38/94 4. Jordnær, Gentofte, 38/93 4. Kadeau, Copenhagen, 38/93 4. Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, Copenhagen, 38/93 4. Søllerød Kro, Holte, 38/93 8. Lyst, Vejle, 37/96 9. Syttende, Sønderborg, 37/95 10. Kong Hans Kælder, Copenhagen, 36/95
Alchemist is located on Refshaleøen at Refshalevej 173C, 1432 Copenhagen, Denmark, in a warehouse where The Royal Danish Theatre used to build their backdrops. The massive bronze doors that lead into Alchemist measure 100 sq ft (8 ft wide and 13 ft tall) and are designed by Danish Artist Maria Rubinke. The height from floor to ceiling in the main lounge is over 74 feet (22 metres) with a partly veiled view into Alchemist’s test kitchen. 200 tons of steel went into the construction of the gigantic planetarium dome, which lies at the heart of Alchemist. The dome has a diameter of 57 feet (18 meters), with 12 mapping projectors supplying the guests at the winding dining bar with a 360-degree visual experience whence dining. Guests pass through several sensory rooms created in collaboration with artists, performers, and musicians during the dining experience.
The menu consists of 50 “impressions” and can be accompanied by one of three different wine pairings or one of two non-alcoholic beverage pairings mainly focusing on kombucha, water kefir, and tea. The sonic identity of Alchemist is created by music producer and composer Lars Bork Andersen with the composition “A voyage of sound through mystical spaces”. The owners of Alchemist are Rasmus Munk and former CEO of Saxo Bank, Lars Seier Christensen – who is the majority owner. Chef Rasmus Munk designed and drew the new Alchemist himself back in 2016. Architect Michael Duncalf of Duncalf Ltd (UK) got involved in the end of 2017. Alchemist seats 48 guests in one seating per evening. Wine Director Helle Hasting has curated Alchemist’s extensive wine list. The three-story wine cellar holds about 10,000 bottles of wine.