Nordic Traces: Make what you love

To celebrate the launch of Oak volume 8, chef Christian Puglisi and craft beer brand founder Mikkel Borg Bjergsø share their daily inspirations from across the globe and the Nordics

Chef Christian Puglisi and craft beer impresario Mikkel Borg Bjergsø are two of the most innovative minds in the Nordics working across food and drinks. Mikkeller’s empire of craft beer has expanded from its Copenhagen hometown to over 50 countries, inspiring a cult following – including fans with tattoo homages. Meanwhile, Puglisi’s visionary Farm of Ideas features workshops run by everyone from a Canadian guerrilla cheesemaker to Claus Meyer – a natural evolution for a Michelin-starred chef with a passion for sustainable foods.

To celebrate the launch of Volume 8: Breaking New Ground, Oak invited Borg Bjergsø and Puglisi to create a visual diary of their recent inspirations. They came back with whirlwind of local and international inspirations – from Borg Bjergsø’s newest Mikkeller beer bar on the Faroe Islands, to Puglisi’s masterpiece for the students of the University of Gastronomic Sciences.

What emerges from Puglisi and Borg Bjergsø’s visual dialogue is a very Nordic shared respect for the integrity of ingredients – be that raw milk cheese or raspberries – and an unrestrained enthusiasm for what they do. The secret to innovation seems to be simple; make what you love.

Read our exclusive features on chef Christian Puglisi and craft beer brand founder Mikkel Borg Bjergsø in Oak volume 8. Visit Oak’s Instagram @oakthenordicjournal to see more, and follow Mikkel Borg Bjergsø @mikkellerbeer and Christian Puglisi @chrifrapug 

This is part of a new project with The Nordics – an initiative exploring the global resonance of the Nordic region. In the upcoming weeks, Oak will continue to host visual dialogues between leading Nordic creatives featured in Oak volume 8, as well as bringing together key thinkers for inspiring panel discussions that will continue to live on as podcasts and short films. 



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