The Native Cooking Award is an international competition for chefs at Michelin star level or an equivalently high level. The competition is a yearly event at the Knuthenlund Estate on the island of Lolland, Denmark.
Each participating country is represented by a team of four chefs. The teams have 6 hours to prepare a three-course menu based only on the raw materials and processed foods that form part of this year's competition. These may include herbs, berries and mushrooms, which the teams may find in the wild around Knuthenlund. All chefs compete on equal terms. There is no information whatsoever of this year’s raw materials and foods until the evening prior to the competition. For the competition, each team will have access to identical kitchens - without electrical appliances - and they will also be given two kettle grills. The Native Cooking Award takes place in the open, and the audience has a unique opportunity to follow the chefs’ work at a very close range.
Native Cooking Award
Native Cooking Award
In 2007, The Knuthenlund Estate turned into organic production. Today, the estate is one of Denmark's largest organic farms with pigs, sheep and cows as well as crops.
The Knuthenlund Estate has its own dairy, where they produce cheese from cow and sheep milk. Over the years, cheeses from Knuthenlund have won numerous awards at international cheese competitions.
The estate also has a farm shop where you can buy dairy products and charcuterie. Apart from Knuthenlund's own products, you can also buy locally produced food together with organic food from selected manufacturers outside Lolland-Falster.
Read more about Knuthenlund and its farm shop here.
Lolland-Falster is favoured by special climatic and geological conditions, making the area particularly suitable for agricultural production.
This is the reason why crops from these particular islands develop more flavour and nuances, making them especially sought after among gourmets and food producers all over Denmark.
Malling & Schmidt
Restaurant The Jane**
Le Sommelier, København
Catherine Fogel Danmark
Laurent Vanparys Frankrig
Yalajali*, Oslo (Closed late 2015)
Restaurant Ekstedt*, Stockholm
In addition to The Native Cooking Award, you can visit a food market where local manufacturers present and sell their own products. This year you can also meet a number of producers - who are not from Lolland-Falster, but who delivers high quality products to Knuthenlund's farm shop.
2010 Velsmag Ad Libitum
Cacoon & Oneleg by Susanne Smidt
Jacob & Jakob Icecream
KALU - Nordic Food
Knuthenlund Gårdbutik og Café
LêLê Streetfood (Sunday)
Det italienske Køkken
Farmer’s Market - May 28. and 29.
The first team is sent off on bikes.
Hereafter will the other teams be sent off with an interval of 10 minutes.
PM The first team presents their menu to the Jury and the public (please notice that you will use a microphone for the presentation). Hereafter the other teams will be presenting with an interval of 10 minutes.
The teams present their starter with an interval of 10 minutes.
The teams present their main course with an interval of 10 minutes.
The teams present their dessert with an interval of 10 minutes.
Votation of the Jury.
The Jury present the winners.
All day, the local food market and Knuthenlund farm shop are open.
On the site you can buy food, cold refreshments and tea and coffee.
The association behind The Native Cooking Award is a non-profit organization, and conduct of the annual competition is only possible due to a number of sponsors who generously support the competition.
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The Native Cooking Award 2016 will take place at the Knuthenlund Estate, Sunday, May 29, 2016
between 9 am and 17 pm. On the competition grounds there will be a food market where local producers together with Knuthenlund’s farm shop will present locally produced food and organic food.
Knuthenlundvej 7B 4952, Stokkemarke
T: 5471 1380
Where to stay
There is a lot of places where you can stay when visiting The Native Cooking Award:
Hotel Maribo Søpark
At Lolland-Falster there also is many families
offering Bed & Breakfast.
How to get here
From Copenhagen and Sweden
Take highway E47 - direction Rødby. At Maribo turn right and take Route 9, direction Taars. When you arrive to Stokkemarke, follow the signs to Knuthenlund
From Germany via Rødby
Take highway E47 - direction Maribo. . At Maribo you shal take Route 9, direction Taars. When you arrive to Stokkemarke, follow the signs to Knuthenlund
From Germany via Gedser
Take Gedser Landevej - 271 in direction to Nykøbing Falster. The take Route 9, direction Taars. When you arrive to Stokkemarke, follow the signs to Knuthenlund
We have an extensive image archive with photos from previous competitions. The photos can be used free of charge in relation to press covering of The Native Cooking Award
Phone: +45 54711380
The association The Native Cooking Award organises the international competition in cooperation with Knuthenlund Estate and Knuthenlund Dairy. Join the non-profit association and support the competition.
The annual member fee is DKK 250.
Sunday May 29, 2016
9 am - 5 pm
at Knuthenlund Estate