Beroemd sterrenrestaurant Fäviken gaat sluiten

Magnus Nilsson, chef van het beroemde – en mega-afgelegen – Zweedse restaurant Fäviken heeft maandag aangekondigd het tweesterrenrestaurant te verlaten. Zaterdag 14 december serveert hij zijn laatste 30-gangendiner.

Foto van culinair journalist Steffi Posthumus

Hoewel het restaurant niet in handen is van de chef, hebben eigenaren Patrik en Ann-Charlotte Brummer besloten de deuren van hun restaurant, dat in 2008 begon en tot een van de beste restaurants ter wereld behoort, dan ook maar helemaal te sluiten: zonder Nilsson geen Fäviken.

Niet voor altijd

“I’ve always known that Fäviken was not going to be forever. To run a place like Fäviken, the thing you need to feel each morning is excitement. One morning I just woke up and for the first time I did not feel excited to go to work”, zei Nilsson in een interview met de LA Times.

Nog zes maanden

Hij wachtte met het naar buiten brengen van de sluiting tot de hele periode al vol gereserveerd was. De Zweedse chef wilde namelijk juist niet dat mensen alleen maar zouden komen omdat het restaurant sluit. Wat hij daarna gaat doen weet hij ook nog niet. “I do not want to spend my last six months of this most amazing project not enjoying it. I want them to be the best six months that we have done.”

Chef’s Table

Gelukkig blijven de charcuterieproductie en winkel in Åre, die ook door Fäviken worden gerund, wel open na de sluiting. En we hebben natuurlijk altijd nog de Chef’s Table-aflevering om (met weemoed) naar terug te kijken.

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Fäviken to close at the end of the year. Dear Friends, With this note I would like to tell you that this coming season will be my last at Fäviken Magasinet. I have been the chef here for more than ten years now and it has been amazing. Unusually early in my career I was presented with the opportunity to develop and operate an ambitious restaurant in a way that most chefs can only dream about. I have had the chance to work alongside the best team I could have wished for, cooking for the most fantastic guests (mostly). Fäviken has been a project where I have enjoyed tremendous support from the Brummer family who are Fäviken’s owners and my business partners. I have been allowed to grow and develop, and I have enjoyed complete creative freedom. It has been a hard decision, but one that I believe is the right one. The evening of the 14th of December 2019 will be my last. I wanted to share this news now when the coming season is already fully booked, as to not motivate guests to come here just because of the news itself. I hope that my last half-year at Fäviken is going to be business as usual, and that the people come here to enjoy Fäviken and what we have to offer, not because it will end soon, but because it is a magnificent restaurant experience right now. We have truly never been better. When I am done here I am going to spend time with my family, reflect, fish, garden, write, rest and get fit, both physically and mentally. I am not going to lie, I am a little bit tired after all this time pushing the development of the restaurant forward. I would like to thank you all for coming here to eat, share, and to be a part of what Fäviken has been and will be for a while longer. I have given one interview on this matter, (with the LA Times) to provide a little bit more depth. For those who are interested, link in bio. To my friends out there working in media: I want to spend my last half-year at Fäviken enjoying my work in the restaurant, not talking about what has been and what is coming. I am very sorry for not making myself available for any more interviews at this time. I hope you understand. Thank you all! Magnus

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