26 March 2020 – Trondheim-Trøndelag, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022 strengthened its position on the international gastronomic scene, as the city of Trondheim hosted the Michelin Nordic Stars 2020 announcement on 17 February 2020.
A huge success for Norway’s restaurants in general, the ceremony awarded one star to Christopher Davidsen’s Speilsalen, located in the newly restored Britannia Hotel in Trondheim, increasing to three the number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the city, which already included FAGN and Credo.
The release of the Nordic Countries Guide 2020 coincided with the launch of the new Michelin sustainability emblem to acknowledge restaurants that are leading in the adoption of sustainable gastronomy practices. The new label, represented by a green five-leaf clover, was given to Heidi Bjerkan’s Credo in Trondheim that in 2019 was the first and only restaurant in the Nordic Countries to receive the Michelin Sustainability Award.
International Director of the Michelin Guides, Gwendal Poullennec affirmed that “today, sustainability is moving increasingly to the forefront of people’s mind, and nowhere more so than in the Nordic Countries, where they have really embraced sustainability as a way of life. Nordic chefs lead the way when it comes to focusing on local ingredients; taking on a zero-waste, nose-to-tail approach; and reducing both food and packaging waste. They are setting the standard for the rest of the world to follow.”
Jonas Andre Nåvik’s FAGN did not receive a green clover, but was officially recognised among those restaurants that are taking positive steps towards sustainability for having their own fisherman, farmer and forager.
Awarded the European Region of Gastronomy 2022 title by IGCAT on 10 January 2020, Trondheim-Trøndelag is a gastronomic gem with a rapidly increasing international visibility. High-quality food production, sustainability and a strong commitment to their Food Manifesto are contributing to put the spotlight on the region as the Home of Nordic Flavours – and a perfect location to host world-renowned gastronomic events, such as the prestigious Michelin Awards.
About the Regions of Gastronomy Platform
Candidate and awarded Regions of Gastronomy, guided by IGCAT, are working together to raise awareness about the importance of their cultural and food uniqueness; stimulate creativity and gastronomic innovation; educate for better nutrition; improve sustainable tourism standards; highlight distinctive food cultures; and strengthen community well-being.
IGCAT aims to empower local communities by raising awareness of the importance to safeguard and promote distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets. This is essential to balance against globalised food trends that are impacting on our planet, health and local economies.
IGCAT is a non-profit institute established in 2012, working with regional stakeholder consortiums in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. It counts on the expertise of a worldwide network of experts and works in partnership with specialised intergovernmental organisations.
IGCAT provides the Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the Regions of Gastronomy Platform. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the Young Chef Award, the Local Food Gift Challenge, the Top Visitor Experience and the Food Film Menu.