A year has almost passed since Gothenburg was awarded the prestigious title ‘The Culinary Capital of Sweden’. During the year, there has been a focus on the city’s unique foodie strengths, its signature dishes and its most talented chefs. In addition, the region’s environmental vision, traditions and first class hospitality have been showcased.
But what is it that makes the small city of Gothenburg such a great food arena? Sweden won gold in this year’s ‘Culinary Olympics’ – The International Exhibition of Culinary Art, with Gothenburg chefs playing a part in this success.
I had a chat with Sweden’s first TV MasterChef winner, Louise Johansson, and the writer from the food website Kokaihop.se, Michael Krantz, to reflect on what makes Gothenburg such a popular foodie destination.
Louise says: “When I think of Gothenburg ‘The Culinary Capital of Sweden’, I think of the chef Leif Mannerström, Restaurant Sjömagasinet, fish and shellfish. But there is also a great choice of restaurants, including four with Michelin stars. The city also has some strong food personalities, like Gustav Trädgårdh, Håkan Thörnström, Ulf Wagner, Krister Dahl, to mention but a few. Another important contributing factor in making Gothenburg into such a great food city is that there are many excellent food producers in the region that supply high quality local ingredients.
“Among the city’s restaurants, Familjen is a personal favourite. I also like the way Marcus Samuelsson has developed Restaurant Norda Bar & Grill at the Clarion Hotel Post, by mixing influences from different parts of the world and modernising our traditional Swedish dishes by adding new flavours.”
These international influences are exactly what Michael Krantz, writer for the food website Kokaihop.se, likes about the food in Gothenburg. Not least places like Orienthuset or the international food market, Global Picnic.
Michael says: “I am very fond of Restaurant Wood. It has a rustic interior, with steel pipes, concrete, raised aisles and sunken seating areas. It feels like a nightclub, a boisterous place to chill with friends. But the food is amazing and they serve a varied international cuisine, with a lot of Spanish influences.”
“Another thing I like about Gothenburg as a food city is the ‘food nerdiness’. I’m thinking particularly of Da Matteo down on Magasinsgatan which is legendary for its sourdough bakery and in-house coffee roaster. The people who work here are passionate about artisan food production, love high quality ingredients, focus hard on developing new sourdough techniques, hold coffee workshops, and more.”
Despite the fact that Gothenburg’s year as ‘The Culinary Capital of Sweden’ will soon come to an end, there will be a lot of exciting things happening on the food front in Gothenburg and West Sweden next year. Not least, the city will host the World Food Travel Summit; an international meeting place and congress for anyone who works with food, drinks or experiences. Also, a new food website for the entire region was launched only a few days ago. It offers lots of inspiration and guides to the best eating experiences in the West of Sweden.”
What are your favourite food-related experiences in West Sweden? Please add your comments below.