Rasmus Kofoed

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Rasmus Kofoed
Born (1974-08-22) 22 August 1974 (age 44)
Birkerød, Denmark
Spouse(s)Maja Bak-Hansen
Culinary career
Cooking styleNew Nordic

Rasmus Kofoed (born 1974) is a Danish chef and restaurateur who won the gold medal at the 2011 Bocuse d'Or,[1][2] after previously taking the bronze medal in 2005 and the silver medal in 2007 in the same competition.[3] He is the head chef and co-owner of Geranium, a 3-star Michelin restaurant in Copenhagen.

Early life[edit]

Kofoed was born in Birkerød in 1974. He grew up with his mother after his parents split up after a few months. She later had four more children with her new husband, Ole, a biologist. Kofoed attended Rudolf Steiner schools in first Kvistgård and then Vordingborg.[4]


Rasmus Kofoed received his training at Hotel D’Angleterre on Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen and afterwards worked at the two-Michelin-star restaurant Scholteshof in Belgium. On his return to Copenhagen, he served as head chef at various top restaurants before opening his first restaurant, Geranium (one Michelin Star Awarded in 2012, two in 2013, three in 2016) in Rosenborg Gardens, together with Søren Ledet. Shortly after, the restaurant received a star in the Michelin Guide but faced closure after the bankruptcy of an investor in 2009.[5][6][7][8] In 2010 the restaurant re-opened in one of the office towers of Parken Stadium, a football stadium in the Indre Østerbro (Inner Østerbro) district of Copenhagen, Denmark.

In 2007, he served as the captain of the Danish national chef team at the Bocuse d'Or.[8] While some controversy surrounded the Bocuse d'Or victory of French chef Fabrice Desvignes, Kofoed made no official complaint. Desvignes became the subject of controversy, allegedly cheating by smuggling precooked ingredients into the final.[9] The events became the subject of the 2008 book Infernoet i Lyon.[10][11]

In October 2009, Kofoed was the Danish selection for representation at the 2011 Bocuse d'Or, becoming the first person to participate in the competition three times. At the time, he stated his ambition was "to bring home the one statue I'm missing," which he did in the January 2011 finals.[12] This gold medal prize followed his victory in the 2010 Bocuse d'Or Europe.[13]

Geranium became the first Danish Michelin 3-star restaurant in 2016[14] and has held its 3 stars since then.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Kofoed is married to Maja Bak-Hansen. They have two children: Kamille (born 2012) and Karljohan (born 2014).


  • Bronze medal, 2005 Bocuse d'Or
  • Silver medal, 2007 Bocuse d'Or
  • Gold medal, 2010 Bocuse d'Or Europe.[13]
  • Gold medal, 2011 Bocuse d'Or


  1. ^ Holbøll, Pernille, Ekstrabladet (January 26, 2011). "Danmark har verdens bedste kok" ‹See Tfd›(in Danish).
  2. ^ JydskeVestkysten (January 26, 2011). "Rasmus Kofoed er verdens bedste kok" ‹See Tfd›(in Danish).
  3. ^ Nielsen, Gert C.; Frank, Søren. Berlingske Tidende (January 25, 2007). "Sølv til Danmark ved kokke-VM" ‹See Tfd›(in Danish).
  4. ^ "Rasmus Kofoed - Den rolige mand" (in Danish). Berlingske. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  5. ^ Skarum, Sarah, Alt om København (June 30, 2009). Geranium lukker ‹See Tfd›(in Danish)
  6. ^ Bjørn, Else, Alt om København (January 2007). "Else Bjørns noter og nyt fra januar 2007". Aok.dk ‹See Tfd›(in Danish).
  7. ^ Lützen, Maria; Pedersen, Morten. Metro International (December 12, 2008). "Når 10 kokke er samlet, må de da kaste knive"[permanent dead link] ‹See Tfd›(in Danish)
  8. ^ a b Aabo, Birgitte, Politiken (November 16, 2008). "Grød er blevet en trendy spise" Archived 2009-10-31 at the Wayback Machine Politiken.dk. ‹See Tfd›(in Danish).
  9. ^ Bremner, Charles. Tourres, Marie. The Times (January 29, 2007). "We were whipped by cheat chef, said the losing cooks".
  10. ^ Winther, Anne, Avisen.dk. (December 12, 2007). "Snyd i verdens største kokkekonkurrence" ‹See Tfd›(in Danish).
  11. ^ Fiskå, Borghild, Aftenbladet (April 22, 2008). "The decision is Stavanger" Archived 2008-04-23 at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in Norwegian).
  12. ^ Bjørn, Else, Alt om København (Oktober 19, 2009). "Rasmus Kofoed går efter guldet" ‹See Tfd›(in Danish).
  13. ^ a b Politiken (June 8, 2010). Stjernekokke kroner dansk europamester Archived 2010-06-10 at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in Danish)
  14. ^ http://cphpost.dk/news/denmark-gets-its-first-three-star-michelin-restaurant.html
  15. ^ Broadcast House AB (2017-01-04), The Michelin Guide Nordic Countries 2017, retrieved 2017-02-22