Chefs Compete Using Only Icelandic Ingredients at 14th Annual Food & Fun Festival in Iceland

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Reykjavik, Feb. 25 to Mar. 1, 2015

Combine the jaw-dropping scenery, Viking culture and centuries-old history of Iceland with some of the freshest foods on Mother Earth and what do you get? A food competition and festival unlike any other.

The 14th annual Food & Fun Festival, in Reykjavik on Feb. 25 to Mar. 1, 2015, brings together outstanding culinary skills, fresh natural ingredients, Icelandic outdoor adventure and the island nation’s famed nightlife to create the ultimate recipe for fun.

World renowned chefs mainly from America, Europe and Scandinavia will join forces with Reykjavik’s best restaurants to vie for the title of “Food & Fun Chef of the Year.” This honor has become respected in the culinary world since the famous Rene Redzepi, owner of Noma Restaurant in Copenhagen, won the award in 2004.

Competitors include Hussein Mustapha, chef de cuisine at Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, a conceptual gourmet restaurant in Copenhagen; Adam Dahlberg from Adam & Albin Matstudio, a gastronomic hotspot in Stockholm; London’s Robin Gill of The Dairy and The Manor; and James Beard Award winner Douglas Rodriguez from the U.S.

Each chef is assigned to one of the participating restaurants, where they prepare a special menu consisting only of Icelandic ingredients. The menu is then presented by the chefs to the public during the festival week. Among the restaurants hosting festival events this year are Dill, Apotek, Kjallarinn, Lava at the Blue Lagoon, and Smurstodin.

On the last day of the festival, the chefs compete head-to-head with three courses, again all made solely with Iceland ingredients. For many of the competitors this will be their first time working with ingredients such as Arctic char, grass-fed lamb, fresh caught cod and haddock, local plum tomatoes from a geothermal greenhouse, and an Icelandic yogurt called skyr.

Food & Fun 2015 is sponsored by its co-founder Icelandair, The City of Reykjavik, Promote Iceland and Iceland Naturally.

Follow the 2015 festival on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/foodfunfestival

For more information: Jón Haukur Baldvinsson,
jonhaukur(at)foodandfun(dot)is, http://www.foodandfun.is, tel. 354 660 2630

For additional images by photographer Sigurjón Ragnar Sigurjónsson, log onto:
https://plus.google.com/photos/103697440890354585482/albums/5984861632147000865

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