Paul Cunningham: Rock roadie to Michelin chef

Surrounded by 4000 square metres of kitchen garden and privately-owned forest is something most chefs would only dream of.

Such is the private-island reality for Denmark’s most famous adopted cooking son, Paul Cunningham, Executive Chef at the lauded Henne Kirkeby Kro.  

Paul has played an enormous role in the evolution of modern Danish cooking since his unique calling to the food industry.  

He first discovered his love of cooking as tour bus driver for legendary rock band Def Leppard, while catering for the entire crew on the road.

He moved to Denmark in 1994 where he began to work his way through some of Denmark’s best restaurants, including Sollorod Kro and Formel B.

He then opened his own restaurant, The Paul, which ran for almost 10 years and where he received the second Michelin star of his career.

It was a change of pace that eventually led him to the wild west coast and the 200-year-old inn, Henne Kirkeby Kro where he is based today.

It’s an intimate setting amongst breathtaking beauty with just twelve tables throughout three homely dining rooms.

There, he cooks solely with the freshest ingredients from the magnificent surroundings, as the abundant landscape boasts its own fruit orchard, honey production, lamb, game, mushrooms and more.

And while cooking is Paul’s most consuming career - it’s certainly not his only one. He is equally as famous for his signature cooking that encompasses all things forest, farm and foraging, as he is for his seven cookbooks and sideline career as a photographer.

He has guest cheffed his way around the world from Shanghai to Mexico, Toronto to South Africa and now he is joining us at the Festival for MasterClass.

Don’t miss the chance to meet this talented and inspirational chef when he hosts a MasterClass at Deakin Edge on Sunday 6 March. His International Chef Dinner night at Dansk is now sold out.  

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