Michelin Stars II – Nordic By Nature: A grand documentary for a Faroese culinary pearl



A brand new culinary documentary about KOKS, the 2 Michelin starred “off map” destination restaurant located at the Sheep Islands, is premiered on September 22nd at the 69th edition of San Sebastián International Film Festival.


The 2 Michelin starred pearl of the Scandinavian -and world- culinary caste, KOKS, located in the small archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean, is the main theme of “Michelin Stars II – Nordic By Nature”. The Faroe Islands is a microcosmos of exciting products, Nordic history, viking tales, more sheep than people, beautiful surroundings, all becoming a source of inspiration for chef Paoul Adrias Ziska.

Koks is an almost mythological restaurant in hobbit settings that has received international acknowledgement for embracing the mindset the world now finds itself with.

The gastronomic shelter of chef Poul, is housed in a low ceiling 18th century farmhouse with grass on the roof, at the scenic Leynavatn valley. As a pure locavore, Ziska has the ability to put Faroese landscape in a pot connecting tradition with modernism. The structure of the taste palette in his menus is defined by a modern mindset and refined but earthy style that shuffles the deck of exciting products. The basic expression means of the avant-gardist chef are classic techniques, such as fermentation, smoking, curing and drying. The almost mythological restaurant in hobbit settings that has received international acknowledgement, focuses only on what comes from the terrain of and waters inside, and surrounding the Faroe Islands.

“Michelin Stars II – Nordic By Nature” is a greater culinary documentary filmed over an 18-months period, that follows the equally endearing and brutal destiny and everyday life of the Faroe Islands, and KOKS, helmed by chef Poul. This while the world was in a state of shock, and sudden pause. The film is created by director Rasmus Dinesen, culinary producer Kristian Brask Thomsen and producer Jesper Jarl Becker, and follows the daily life of KOKS as it again opens up after a global quarantine. From in the deep blue with scallop divers, over foragers who risk their lives harvesting seagulls eggs from nests at the very edges of hazardous cliffs, to what traditions, history and distinctive ancient practices lie beneath each dish and ingredient, pilot whales included.

“Michelin Stars II – Nordic By Nature” is premiered Wednesday, September 22nd at the 69th edition of San Sebastián International Film Festival.


Photos: Rúni Friis Kjær, Claes Bech-Poulsen, David Egui