Nikolaj Coster-Waldau On A Taste Of Hunger, A Chef’s Passion, And The Joys Of Peeling [Interview]

Coster-Waldau learned an important tip for preparing professional-level foods at home: 

“There’s a couple of tricks, but it’s funny because one thing that I did learn was that the guy, his name was Bo, who did all our dishes — incredible chef — but he was saying, ‘Listen, you have to have good knives. They have to be sharp. Use all these basics.’ And obviously I could tell the difference, because it does make a difference when you cook. He gave me a couple of peelers that seem very simple, but now I suddenly love peeling because it’s just a joy!

I spent a day at Geranium, and then at the lunch serving, Rasmus, who was the head chef, said, ‘Why don’t you put on the uniform? We’ll put you in the kitchen.’ I was like, ‘Oh, I’d love to, but I’m not sure that’s a good idea.’ He’s like, ‘Don’t worry. I’m not going to let you ruin anything.’ So anyway, I was standing there and cutting out tiny little flowers to put on the [food]. But what was great was I stood there with all the other chefs. With these restaurants, there are more chefs than customers. I loved it because the passion these people have, the dedication, there’s nowhere else they want to be, even though they work 70, 90 hours a week. It’s a brutal world.”

The actor not only recommend Geranium, but also noma, another three-Michelin-star restaurant in Copenhagen. Feel free to drool over their menu options while you wait for “A Taste of Hunger” to hit theaters and on demand platforms on January 28, 2022.

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