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Winner of Arctic Young Chef 2024 Greenland is

Lars Abelsen

And runnner up is

ivalu hansen zeeb

Lars Abelsen won the Arctic Young Chef 2024 in Ilulissat

Lars Abelsen will represent Greenland in the grand finale of the Arctic Young Chef competition, which will take place in September in Norway.

There, he will meet finalists from Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Norway. The competition was held on May 11 at Atuarfik Mathias Storch School in Ilulissat. Besides the winner Lars Abelsen, Ivalu Hansen Zeeb came in second, with the other participants being Minik Fisker and Mikisoq Bendtsen.

The winning menu consisted of an appetizer with bacca tuille, roasted carrot, pan-fried Greenlandic ray, and wild garlic sauce. The main course included red wine sauce, glazed beetroot, sauteed mushrooms, and marinated pan-seared seal. The competition emphasizes the use of uncommon ingredients. Its vision is to help make Greenlandic ray popular in Greenlandic cuisine and to regain appreciation for seal among the younger generation.

The menu was judged on taste, execution, technique, skills, presentation, and service, with time also being a factor. The judges described the winning menu as “simple, lovely, and elegant, and it can also be used at home in the family.”

The judges included: Per Theodor Tørrissen, director of the North-Norwegian Competence Center for Food (MAT) and ArktiskMat; Habi, head chef of Hotel Arctic and former chef at Kokkeriet in Copenhagen, where he earned a Michelin star; Morten Nielsen, director of Hotel Arctic since 2018 has extensive experience from the business, and a trained chef.

“It was tough, but also very educational,” says Lars Abelsen. He also emphasizes the importance of cooking with products that may not be common right now. Lars looks forward to representing Greenland at the grand finale later this year.

The next national competition will take place in Klaksvík in the Faroe Islands on August 17, before the national championships conclude in Mosjøen, Norway, on September 12. The grand finale will then be held in Bodø, which is the European Capital of Culture this year. The Bodø24 program is sure to provide a vibrant backdrop for the Arctic Young Chef competition and the celebration of the culinary future and skills of the North Atlantic and the Arctic as the young chefs compete in the final.

The Arctic Young Chef is a culinary competition for young chefs and food enthusiasts under 30 from Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Norway. There is particular focus on highlighting underutilised food resources. It is supported and organized by NORA – Nordic Atlantic Cooperation.

Updates about the competition are posted on


Meet the young chefs of Greenland

Ivalu Hansen Zeeb

Age: 22

Hometown: Nuuk
Workplace: Culture House, Katuaq
Instagram: ivalu_zhansen

Mikisoq Bandsen

Age: 26

Hometown: From Narsaq, lives in Nuuk
Workplace: Freelance
Instagram: Mikisoqb

Minik Fisker

Age: 30

Hometown: Ilulissat
Workplace: Freelance
Instagram: minikfisker

Lars Abelsen

Age: 20

Hometown: Ilulissat
Workplace: Hotel Arctic
Instagram: Itaja04

Where and when

Reykjavik – Iceland

16th MARCH 2024

Ilulissat – Greenland

11th MAY 2024

Klaksvik – Faroes

17th AUGUST 2024

Mosjøen – Norway

12th SEPTEMBER 2024