A kitchen porter has been made a co-owner of the four-time winner of the world’s greatest restaurant.
Ali Sonko, 62, is now a accomplice at Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant the place he has been working because it opened.
Mr Sonko, from the Gambia, was unveiled as certainly one of three new companions, alongside two of its managers.
The 2-Michelin starred restaurant closed its doorways after 14 years on the present location, and can reopen in December as an “city farm”.
“Ali is the guts and soul of Noma,” chef Rene Redzepi defined to buddies gathered to have fun the restaurant on the weekend, according to Danish newspaper Berlingske.
“I do not assume folks admire what it means to have an individual like Ali in the home. He’s all smiles, irrespective of how his 12 kids fare.
“And, by the best way, my very own father was additionally named Ali, and he too labored as a dishwasher when he got here to Denmark.”
Posting an image of Mr Sonko and fellow new co-owners restaurant managers Lau Richter and James Spreadbury to Instagram, Mr Redzepi added: “That is solely the start, as we plan to shock a number of extra of our employees with a chunk of the partitions that they’ve chosen to work so onerous inside.”
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Mr Sonko, who has lived in Denmark for 34 years, first rose to prominence in 2010, when he was unable, as a consequence of visa points, to go to London with the crew to choose up their first Finest Restaurant within the World award.
However the crew didn’t overlook him: as a substitute, all of them wore T-shirts with the dishwasher’s face on it and two years later – the visa points sorted out – Mr Sonko gave the acceptance speech as Noma was as soon as once more named the World’s Finest Restuarant.
On the time, Mr Sonko, a farmer within the Gambia earlier than his arrival in Copenhagen, described it because the “greatest job” he had ever needed to Danish web site BT.
“I can not describe how completely satisfied I’m to work right here,” he stated. “These are the perfect folks to work with, and I am good buddies with everybody. They exhibit huge respect for me, and it doesn’t matter what I say or ask about, they’re there for me. And that is sufficient for me to say that it is the greatest job I’ve ever had.”
Noma, which made its title with its regionally sourced, Nordic meals, has been named Finest Restaurant within the World within the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Finest an extra thrice.