Swedish Chef Has Local Beef With Noma

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Over in Scandinavia, Björn Frantzén, chef and co-owner of Stockholm's renowned Frantzén/Lindeberg restaurant, is talking a little smack: He tells The Wall Street Journal that he treats the hunt for ingredients the same way a football manager and by "football," we assume he means soccer finds players. "What are you going to do if you want to build the best team?" Frantzén is quoted as saying. "You're going to try to get the best players not just use local ones." The comment, of course, is a veiled swipe at Copenhagen's Noma, which is renowned for sourcing local ingredients. Of course, he has some more pointed comments for the restaurant, too: "The concept is more than three Michelin stars, but if you're blind-tasting, it's nowhere near three Michelin stars taste-wise." We suppose it's natural that world-class chefs would get a little testy as the competition to be named the next El Bulli heats up. But maybe more of them should take an attention-getting cue from Le Chateaubriand's Inaki Aizpitarte and just make a music video. [WSJ]