Søren Ørbek Ledet, co-patron, general manager and wine director at restaurant Geranium in Copenhagen, portrayed by Brambilla/Serrani
In a culinary scene that feeds on new openings, establishments and formats, hearing the co-patron, general manager and wine director at Geranium in Copenhagen, Søren Ørbek Ledet say that with his business partner and chef Rasmus Kofoed they will not open more restaurants is revolutionary. «We won't have time to dedicate to something like this. We're human beings and we must have time for ourselves and our families: without time for ourselves we can go mad, without time for our families we will end up alone. Hence we will not open any more restaurant!», he explained when interviewed by Gabriele Zanatta during the second-last meeting in the Auditorium at Identità Milano 2022.
And there's more. Post-pandemic Geranium, three Michelin stars and second restaurant in the World’s 50 Best, says Ledet «has eliminated a shift: we're now open from Wednesday to Saturday, with lunch only on Wednesday and Saturday». The goal is to make sure that everyone, both staff and owners («We've kept all the staff during the pandemic, even the kitchen hand, because it was the right thing to do») feel better. A Copernican revolution that is luckily spreading in Italy too, a beloved country for Søren Ledet who in the brigade at Geranium has 11 Italians. He says: «My heart beats for Italy. And over the years I've realised that Italians who work in restaurants are very professional. They don't just think about their career. They are proud of what they do».
During the interview with Gabriele Zanatta
Translated into English by Slawka G. Scarso
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Mattia Spedicato, from Lecce, and Giulia Caffiero, from Cagliari, respectively restaurant manager and floor manager at Geranium, in Copenhagen, the new Best restaurant in the world according to the World's 50 Best (photos from Gabriele Zanatta)
Celeriac with smoked cod roe and cream of milk fermented with caviar, an aesthetically exceptional dish, with very clean flavours. This is one of the dishes in the new menu at Geranium in Copenhagen. Søren Ledet, its director and co-patron together with Rasmus Kofoed, will be among the international guests at the next edition of the Identità Milano 2022 congress, from the 21st to the 23rd of April. But the entire programme will be available this week. Photo Claes Bech-Poulsen
Three of the four partners at Via Vino, the newly born importer and sales business specialised in Italian wines and founded by the guys at Geranium, the 3-starred restaurant in Copenhagen. Left to right: Soren Orbek Ledet (sommelier and co-owner at Geranium), Mattia Spedicato (sommelier) and Andrea Sala, (assistant head sommelier). With them, there's also Michael Rendebaek Soerensen