Esben Holmboe Bang is head chef and co-owner of Norway’s ground-breaking three Michelin-starred Restaurant Maaemo. He was born and raised in Copenhagen, but has spent most of his culinary career in Oslo.
The Norwegian terroir is a relatively unknown treasure of the international culinary world, but it is something that Esben is passionate about exploring. Esben’s cuisine is focused on creating an experience around the clean, bright flavours of Norway, using entirely organic, biodynamic, or wild produce.
In 2012, just 14 months after opening, Maaemo was awarded two Michelin stars in its first ever mention in the prestigious guide, becoming the first, and only, restaurant in the Nordics to do so. In 2016, Maaemo was awarded a third Michelin star, making Esben one of the youngest chefs to currently hold Michelin’s highest accolade and the first ever in Norway to do so.
Esben landed a spot in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Chefs in the World and was awarded Elite Traveler Magazine’s award for Young Chef of the Year 2016.