Copenhagen Airport won in three categories at the prestigious Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards show in Dubai last Wednesday evening. Joe & The Juice and Le Sommelier Bar & Bistro put Copenhagen on the world map with awards for ‘Best Airport Coffee Shop’ and ‘Best Airport Chef-Led Dining’. Copenhagen Airport also won the ‘Best Food & Beverage Marketing & Promotions Campaign’ for the CPH Nordic Dining pop-up restaurant.
Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai was the venue of Wednesday night’s presentation of the prestigious FAB Awards for best airport bar, coffee shop and restaurant concepts worldwide. Led by Francis Cardenau, Copenhagen Airport’s Le Sommelier Bar & Bistro won the ‘Best Airport Chef-Led Dining’ award, while Joe & The Juice received the ‘Best Airport Coffee Shop’ award. In the category ‘Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year’, Copenhagen Airport was a proud second, only surpassed by Dubai International Airport.No doubt, there is world-class airport gastronomy in Denmark.
“These FAB awards really show that we have been successful in our strategy of raising the bar for the airport’s range of coffee shops and restaurants. Joe & The Juice is a strong Danish quality brand which has been very popular with travellers from day one: fresh produce, cool interior decoration and a concept that is so popular that Joe & The Juice opened a second unit at Copenhagen Airport this spring,” said Copenhagen Airport’s VP, Sales and Marketing, Carsten Nørland, adding:
“In Le Sommelier Bar & Bistro’s kitchen, everything is cooked from scratch and from the heart – they offer a standard of brasserie food that is very popular at Copenhagen Airport. Francis Cardenau was the first chef in Denmark to have two stars in the Michelin guide. With his charismatic personality, he is an important part of the food experience offered by Le Sommelier Bar & Bistro.”
The world’s strongest food event
Copenhagen Airport won even more recognition at the Dubai show, also pocketing the ‘Best Food & Beverage Marketing & Promotions Campaign’ award, for its pop-up-restaurant ‘CPH Nordic Dining’ which in 2012 became the first event where passengers were invited to taste exquisite Nordic cuisine cooked by some of the very best chefs in Denmark.
“CPH Nordic Dining is a powerful example of how we work to give passengers at Copenhagen Airport an extraordinary experience. Gastronomy is one of Denmark’s strongest trademarks, and we saw CPH Nordic Dining as a way to give travellers a taste of the latest and the very best of what Copenhagen and Denmark as a whole have to offer. The restaurant was such a great success in 2012 that we decided to invite star chefs Thomas Rode, Mikkel Marschall and David Johansen to create Michelin-class food in the middle of the airport terminal area. The FAB award shows that not only the passengers, but also the industry consider the pop-up restaurant a world-class event,” said Nørland.
Facts about FAB Awards 2013
The third FAB Awards ceremony was held at Atlantis, The Palm on 1 – 3 October 2013. Organised by the highly reputed industry report, The Moodie Report, the FAB awards are presented each year to the industry’s best food & beverage brands and concepts. This year’s jury consisted of Martin Moodie, Founder & Publisher of The Moodie Report, David King, Founder of The David King Partnership, and Wendy Bartlett, Managing Director of Bartlett Mitchell Ltd. You can read more about the FAB Awards 2013 and see all the category winners here.