Essex-born chef Paul Cunningham' s restaurant with rooms Henne Kirkeby Kro in Denmark has been awarded two Michelin stars in the Michelin Guide to the Nordic Countries 2017.
The chef moved to Denmark in 1994 and gained a Michelin star at Søllerød Kro in 1997. Before that he was at the Lords of the Manor hotel in Upper Slaughter under its then head chef, Clive Dixon.
Cunningham took to social media to express his joy. In an Instagram post he said: " Well, I certainly did not see that one coming. A huge surprise, a most wonderful experience, and the absolute highlight of my career in the kitchen. Thank you for all of your beautiful messages, you make an old man very happy indeed. To my Hennefolk, I'll keep it simple…"
During an awards ceremony in Stockholm yesterday, the country was awarded five new stars overall, including Dill in Reykjavík which now holds the title of Iceland's first Michelin star. Koks on the Faroe Islands also won a star, the first for a Faroese restaurant.
Other new one starred restaurants in include: Domestic in Aarhus; Ti Tren Ned in Fredericia; Slotskøkkenet in Hørve; Sabi Omakase in Stavanger; Imouto in Stockholm and Sture in Malmö;.
Vollmers in Malmö was awarded two Michein stars in the 2017 guide.
Norway's Maaemo and Geranium in Denmark retained their three star status, while Fäviken in Sweden retained its two stars.
René Redzepi's Copenhagen restaurant Noma dropped off the list after holding two-stars for almost a decade as it closes at the end of this month. It will shortly move to Mexico, operating as a pop-up. Later in the year, the restaurant will relocate to just outside Copenhagen's Christiania district - a green and car-free area - where Redzepi will create an urban farm. The restaurant is expected to open in December 2017.
The Michelin Guide to the Nordic Countries 2017 included 274 restaurants. Denmark holds 29 stars while Sweden has 21, and Norway holds seven. Finland has four and Iceland newly-appointed one star.