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45 MINUTES WITH … René Redzepi

Entering the mold-eating cult of the world’s leading culinary demigod.

GROWING UP in bicycle-mad Copenhagen, the most famous chef in the world never, ever learned to drive a car. “I’ve never even tried,” René Redzepi is saying in his merry, emphatic, charmingly offhand way, as if cars weren’t something one needed to bother with in order to lead a productive, civilized life and, besides, who has the time for that kind of thing anyway? He’s wearing kitchen clogs and a camo-green zip-up on this bright summer’s afternoon, and we’re on a walk through his own little Faulknerian corner of Copenhagen. Our tour begins at the original location of his four-time “world’s greatest restaurant,” Noma; continues aboard the refurbished langoustine boat he co-owns with a gregarious gentleman named

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