At his Michelin-starred restaurant, Ekstedt, located in downtown Stockholm, chef Niklas Ekstedt brings the natural world indoors. Considered one of Sweden’s most famous chefs, he transforms raw ingredients into fine cuisine solely through the use of fire, ash, soot and smoke – no gas or electricity allowed.
50 Reasons to Love the World – 2021
Why do you love the world?
“Because I feel strongly connected with the lakes, the forest and nature around me. I find inspiration for my dishes when I am outdoors picking mushrooms and berries and foraging for aromatic herbs and plants. In Sweden, we are lucky to have wild nature at our doorsteps. Respecting, caring and connecting with that nature will make us stronger and better people.” – Niklas Ekstedt, chef
To Ekstedt, this method brings Swedish cooking back to its roots. “Fire for me, it’s like the