Restaurateur and Culinary Entrepreneur
Claus Meyer is a restaurateur and culinary entrepreneur. He is the initiator of the New Nordic Cuisine Movement, co-founder the Nordic Food Lab and of noma, rated the world's best restaurant four times on the World's 50 Best Restaurant list. He has hosted several Danish and international TV cooking shows and written several cook books. Meyer co-owns several restaurants, including Studio in Copenhagen, which received a Michelin star just four months after opening, as well as several bakeries, delis, a catering business, an orchard, a vinegar factory, a coffee roastery as well as a cooking school for kids and adults. In the spring 2016, he established a food hall and restaurant at Grand Central Terminal, bringing culinary concepts, flavors and ideas rooted in the history and the landscapes of the Nordic countries to the City of New York.
Believing in food as a driver for social change, Meyer established the Melting Pot Foundation in 2010. The organization runs a cooking school project in Danish prisons, using cooking and deliciousness as instruments to motivate incarcerated people to live a life without crime. In 2013, Melting Pot established a cooking school in La Paz, Bolivia, providing culinary education to impoverished Bolivians, also serving as a gourmet restaurant, GUSTU. In collaboration with the Dutch NGO Icco, Melting Pot also runs 14 micro cafeterias and cooking schools in the slums of La Paz and Bogota, Colombia. In 2016 the Melting Pot Foundation initiated a social project in Brownsville, Brooklyn, establishing a culinary school, cafeteria, bakery and community center, serving the local community, with the goal of engaging at-risk youth and striving to make an impact in the community beyond the walls of the physical premises.