Rene Redzepi Would Like To Start Serving Ants To Diners At NOMA
Can everyone just shut up about this “chefs are the new rock stars” BS and just get back to the fact that it’s about the food? Rene Redzepi thinks the same thing, only he skipped the “raging against social trends” part and, in an interview with Fine Dining Lovers, simply talked veggies and insects — particularly eating them.
In the vein of dubbing things in the food world “rock stars,” Redzepi reiterates that vegetables (which he’s made famous at his highly-regarded restaurant Noma) are becoming “the lead guitarist or the lead singer of a meal,” rather than being sadly relegated to the side in favor of its sexier bandmate, Meat.
But if the vegetables are the rock stars, ants are the David Bowies, in that they’re “outrageous” and the general public has no idea what to make of them. Redzepi has great ideas for the half-inch long insects, though:
“We’ll just throw them on the table before the guests arrive. Then when they sit down, they’ll say, ‘Excuse me, waiter, there’s ants on my table!’ And we’ll say, ‘Yes, it’s your meal.’”
“When you pop it in your mouth, it is an instantaneous hit of kafir lime flavor,” he enthused, thinking maybe that he’ll do an infusion, or blend ants into a sauce, or just leave them as they are. “Or maybe we’ll drown them in creme fraiche, and not tell you.”
I said it before and I’ll say it again: HE’S TOTALLY THE BON IVER OF THE FOOD WORLD. They both wander around the woods or the plains or the dunes or someplace isolated from the rest of humanity, and find inspiration in their solace! How did all those slideshows from last week’s leadup to Googa Mooga miss this one?