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Helsinki, a brief reportage

Toni Toivanen and Eric Raty at Chez Dominique

When I went to Helsinki at the beginning of October, I was pleasantly surprised. (Read my post on why Helsinki’s restaurant scene is at its hottest right now) Finnish cuisine, influenced by the Scandinavian countries from one side and Russia from the other, struck a fine balance between wholesome and refined. The new wave of…

Jack Stein on the MAD Symposium 2012

Noma chefs, MAD Symposium by Jack Stein

Jack Stein is the Head of Development at Rick Stein Restaurants. He recently went to René Redzepi‘s second MAD Symposium. Here are the proceedings in his own words. The second incarnation of René Redzepi’s (Noma) MAD food camp came without the bells as whistles of the first edition. Gone were the food producers markets and stalls…