Jonas Harboe (2019)

In 2019, the young and ambitious chef Jonas Harboe was given the Next Generation Award (DKK 25,000) as an acknowledgement of his talent, hard work and passion for his job.

On Friday 6 December 2019 Jonas was presented with the Next Generation Award at the office of Skau Reipurth & Partnere in the presence of the entire firm.

About Jonas Harboe

To Jonas Harboe, everything is about food. Recently, the young native of the Danish island of Bornholm qualified as a chef from Restaurant Palægade, and he now works as a chef in Copenhagen. Curiosity and the will to hone his skills characterises Jonas who is often experimenting in the kitchen of his workplace after hours. Being a chef is a constant journey, and Jonas is passionate about all aspects of the restaurant business – from washing and cooking the vegetables to watching the guests enjoy their meal.

Classic craftsmanship is important to Jonas, who is also particularly motivated by combining various cuisines in order to create the very best taste experience. As a part of his professional development, he sold everything he owned, left his friends behind and went to Paris in 2018 where he worked at the Michelin restaurants Copenhague and Neige d’été. A tough and very educational experience.

I always pay attention to detail – and that goes for every dish

Through the years, Jonas distinguished himself several times, and he won awards such as Oluf Brønnums Fonds Talentpris (2019) and a gold medal from the Copenhagen Hospitality College (2018).

But he is not done refining his skills.

Jonas always carries a notebook with him in which he makes notes when he comes across something that inspires him. It may be a text, a colour, a dish or something that catches his eye when he strolls through the city.

The young chef dreams of opening his own restaurant, and when the time comes he can find inspiration in his notebook. But first, he wants to go abroad again. Having a determined mind, Jonas makes things happen, and thus a position with a two-star Michelin restaurant was awaiting him in New York. However, due to the current COVID-19 situation this is still postponed.

Instead, Jonas was hired by the two-star Restaurant Alchemist. At the end of July 2020, he took up a position with the three-star Restaurant Geranium in Copenhagen.