Redzepi was born on 15 December 1977 in Copenhagen, to a father from the Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, and a Danish mother.
After choosing a culinary career, he trained at the restaurant Pierre André, which had just opened in Copenhagen and soon received a Michelin star. He first visited El Bulli as a guest in 1998 and subsequently worked there during the 1999 season. Back in Copenhagen he started working in Kong Hans Kælder, which had been one of the city’s leading gourmet restaurants since the mid-1970s. In 2001 he spent four months working under Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in California, but returned to Kong Hans Kælder and Copenhagen.
René Redzepi is now the chef and co-owner of Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since the establishment of the restaurant in 2003, Redzepi has developed a cuisine that draws from the area’s landscape and culture. Using a wide yet intimate network of farmers, foragers, and other purveyors, Noma celebrates the region’s ingredients and aims to present a kind of cooking that expresses its location and the seasons.
Redzepi is the author of Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine (Phaidon, 2010) and A Work in Progress (Phaidon, 2013). In 2008, he founded the Nordic Food Lab, an independent, open-source research organization that studies deliciousness. And in 2011, he founded the MAD Symposium, an annual gathering of chefs and food lovers with an appetite for knowledge.