Chef Jouni Toivanen has created a unique way to experience the Finnish nature at the heart of Helsinki city.
"My over 20-year career as a chef have included many different restaurants in Finland and Spain, the highlight being my own Restaurant Luomo which received in 2009 a Michelin star, only 9 months after its opening. While working in the different kinds of restaurants I have found my own way of cooking.
My cooking is based mostly on wild ingredients with a modern approach, which is also now trendy in Nordic countries. Still, I take influences from the other kitchens all over the world. For me, it is very important that food tastes great, but it has to stay true to the main ingredient as well. That’s why the ingredients play an important role in my cooking. My cooking methods are based on classics, but I want to give a modern touch to food as well the playful and beautiful presentation. Also, ethics are very important to me. I prefer local ingredients rather than imported."