Get ready for your next fine dining fix – chefs Helena Puolakka and Niklas Ekstedt are teaming up for a night of Scandinavian dining worth savouring
The event: This September, Executive Chef of Aster, Helena Puolakka, will welcome Sweden’s Niklas Ekstedt in a celebration of the best Scandinavian culinary talent.
This very special night will be the fourth in the series of evenings showcasing remarkable chefs ‘in conversation’ with Richard Vines, Bloomberg’s chief food critic, whilst a four-course menu of dishes from Niklas’s new book, ‘Happy Food’, is recreated by Helena Puolakka.
As curator of the Aster Chef Series, Richard Vines will also be ‘in conversation’ with Niklas and Helena, offering a rare opportunity for those in attendance to learn more about this fantastic duo of chefs.
Meet the chefs
Niklas Ekstedt: Globally renowned for reviving traditional Swedish cooking techniques, choosing to give up electricity and gas in favour of burning wood as the only heat source in his kitchen, Niklas is a force to be reckoned with.
Following opening his first restaurant in Sweden at the age of 21, he opened Ekstedt in November 2011 in central Stockholm, which now holds a Michelin star and continues to focus on cooking with fire alone.
He has recently launched ‘Happy Food’ with Henrik Ennart, an award-winning science journalist. The book assesses how the food we eat not only affects our gut health, but also our brains and mental health.
Helena Puolakka: Having trained with some of the world’s most exciting chefs, including Pierre Koffmann and Pierre Gagnaire in Paris, her approach to cooking has been equally shaped by her Finnish upbringing which focussed on uncomplicated and distinctive flavours.
The differing and yet harmonious cooking styles of herself and Ekstedt will come together in a very special four course menu.
Sink your teeth into:
• Slow-cooked artichokes, baby potatoes, barigoule vinaigrette, pickled baby carrots, tarragon oil
• Warmed smoked Cornish mackerel fillet, sofrito, grilled ceps
• Roast partridge, sauerkraut, lingonberries
• Tunworth, homemade super seed crackers, honey
• Bitter Chocolate Bites