Rasmus Kofoed,a native of Denmark, grew up in the old ferry town of Vordingborg, located 100km south of Copenhagen. His love of nature, vegetables and cooking came from his mother who often took him with her while foraging in the forest or along the coastline. His confidence in the kitchen grew while receiving praise for his food from his brothers and sisters which lead him to pursue a culinary education.
He was the captain of the Danish culinary team for 7 years. His competitive nature, his drive for perfection and his passion for cooking eventually led him to Bocuse d’Or where he reached the third step of the podium during his very first year in 2005. Two years later he returned to bring home the silver trophy but he wasn’t finished yet. After taking a break from competitions, he bravely entered Bocuse d’Or again and received the gold in 2011 in a never before repeated moment in Bocuse d’Or history.
In 2007, he opened Geranium, a restaurant which celebrates seasonal, organic and bio-dynamic ingredients from within Denmark and Scandinavia. The following year the restaurant received its first Michelin star. In 2010 the restaurant moved to the top floor of a building located at Parken, the national football stadium. The restaurant overlooks the beautiful park below with views across the sea to the Swedish coastline. The first Michelin star at the new location arrived in 2012 followed by the 2nd in 2013, and the third in 2016. As of 2019 Geranium was listed at #5 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
Rasmus lives in the countryside not far from Copenhagen with his wife and 3 children. He attends Bocuse d’Or events around the world, as an honorary judge, a coach and a lifelong supporter of the organization.