Worlds Best Female Chef 2018
Emma Bengtsson grew up in a small town on the west coast of Sweden and became interested in the culinary arts at a very young age. The baking and cooking of Bengtsson’s youth grew in to professional aspirations when she enrolled in Stockholm’s Hotel and Restaurant School. It was while working at Edsbacka Krog–the only Michelin two-star restaurant in Sweden at that time–where she discovered her love specifically for pastry.
She also worked at Prinsen, one of Stockholm’s oldest and busiest bistrós then joined Operakällaren, the award-winning historical restaurant located in Stockholm’s Opera House. Former Aquavit Executive Chef Marcus Jernmark recruited Bengtsson in 2010 to join the restaurant as Pastry Chef. Bengtsson quickly became known for her creative interpretations of classic Scandinavian desserts, as well as establishing a new bread program.
Her style was reflective of the region’s penchant for local products, progressive techniques, and continuing traditions; and it was well received, as Aquavit was recognized with one star in the Michelin Guide New York City in 2013 and 2014. Håkan Swahn, the owner of Aquavit, saw talent and fresh perspective in Chef Bengtsson’s skills and offered her the role of Executive Chef in spring 2014. By 2015 her work garnered a second Michelin Star for Aquavit, making her the second female chef in the U.S. to run a two-star kitchen and the first Swedish female chef to do so.
Restaurant Aquavit NYC
High-end Scandinavian Tasting& fixed-price menus served in a minimalist Nordic setting
Address: 65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022, USA
Phone: +1 212-307-7311
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