Scan Magazine, Issue 101, June 2017

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Our Top-Five Food Haunts in Denmark and Norway

Cortsen Dining brings the gastronomic experience to you In January 2016, at the tender age of 20, Mads Cortsen started his own business, Cortsen Dining. It is a different and unique gastronomic dining experience – all in the cosiness of your own home. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy excellent food and good company. By Heidi Kokborg



In 2015, Mads Cortsen came in number two in the Danish version of the TV show MasterChef. Up until this point, Cortsen thought that he was going to become an exchange analyst, but instead he was offered an apprenticeship as a chef at a well-known Michelin restaurant in Copenhagen. “I quickly realised I did not want to just become a chef and cook someone else’s 64 |

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food. I wanted to beat to the tune of my own drums, develop my own recipes and have my own business,” Cortsen smiles. Soon after – in January 2016 – Cortsen Dining saw the light of day.

Relaxing atmosphere Cortsen Dining is a new concept called ‘private dining’, which sees the company bring, cook and serve the food for you and your guests in your own home.

“It is much more relaxed when people are in their own home. There is no dress code, you don’t have four waiters fussing around you all the time, and you don’t have to sit 40 centimetres away from the person you are talking to,” says Cortsen. “I also think it adds much more focus on the food itself when you take away all the formalities of many fine dining restaurants. It becomes less stiff and perfect, and more enjoyable.” So far, Cortsen has been to every private dining arranged since he founded the company – and he would like to keep it like that for as long as possible. “At most restaurants, the guests don’t meet the chef. In my opinion, that’s a shame, and

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