Fäviken is a 12-seater restaurant located in the remote village of Jämtland in north-west Sweden, it is currently voted number 34 in the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Head Chef Magnus Nilsson had previously worked at L’Astrance (under Pascal Barbot) and L’Arpège (under Alain Passard) in France. After his time in France he took a break from cooking, and decided to become a wine writer. He had become disillusioned with cooking after he returned to his homeland as he found it hard to source ingredients in Sweden that were as good as those in France, and he also felt that the dishes he was putting together were simply copies of those from Barbot.After he attended oenology school, he was recruited in 2008 to put together a wine cellar as a sommelier by the new owner of the Fäviken estate, some 600 kilometres north of Stockholm, Sweden. He was originally under contract for three months, which was extended to a year when he began working at the restaurant. After failing to find a chef to work there, he returned to the kitchen himself and became head chef.
Of all the videos out there about Fäviken this one really captures the beauty of the restaurant, the food, the location and most of all the spirit of what Magnus Nilsson and his team are creating at Fäviken.