Top Chef

How 34-year-old Danish chef René Redzepi came to lead the latest revolution in European cuisine

Alfredo Caliz

Back to basics. Redzepi forages for produce on the Dragor Coast outside Copenhagen for his restaurant Noma

The man who runs the best restaurant in the world cannot afford his own home. He lives in an airy and light rented apartment in the old part of Copenhagen and cycles to work, pedaling through the streets with his 4-year-old daughter tucked cozily in his bike cart as he tries to get her to school on time. After dropping her off, he stops at a nearby coffee bar to down an espresso and a yogurt that will be his sole meal until his restaurant's staff dinner.

By now René Redzepi, the chef at Noma, could have TV deals and restaurants...

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