ESBEN HOLMBOE BANG
Esben Holmboe Bang (33) is head chef and co-owner of Norway’s ground-breaking two Michelin-starred
Restaurant Maaemo. He was born and raised in Copenhagen, but has spent most of his culinary career in
The Norwegian terroir is a relatively unknown treasure of the international culinary world, but it is
something that Esben is passionate about exploring. Esben’s cuisine is focused on creating an experience
around the clean, bright flavours of Norway, using entirely organic, biodynamic, or wild produce.
"We opened Maaemo to have something that we felt was the right way to let Norwegian nature shine
through on the plate,” explains Esben.
It’s a bold style of cooking that has won the young chef a legion of fans and a listing as one of Time
Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Chefs in the World and Elite Traveler Magazine’s “15 most influential chefs
of the next decade.”
In 2012, just 14 months after opening, Maaemo was awarded two Michelin stars in its first ever mention in
the prestigious guide, becoming the first, and only, restaurant in the Nordics to do so. Maaemo was also
listed No.64 in the top 100 restaurants in the world at the 2015 World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.
Esben grew up in a family where there was a great deal of emphasis on sustainability and agriculture, and
much of the chef’s inspiration comes from nature. Esben’s focus is on not diluting the natural flavour and
quality of the raw ingredients.
Esben’s playful tasting menu of over 20 courses takes Norwegian food and strips it back to its bare
essentials before recomposing it in an entirely new narrative. A meal at Maaemo will transport guests on a
breathtaking culinary tour of Norway that sees them travel from the temperate climes of the southerly
Hvaler islands to the cold pristine waters of Norway's West Coast and on to the expansive inland
wilderness of Røros, as the tastes of Norway are brought to life on the plate.