On the days of the Scandinavian Manifesto in Arena Strozzi, Apollo Bar’s Frederik Bille Brahe will welcome the audience with a small taste of Italian products prepared with Scandinavian craftsmanship.
Frederik Bille Brahe is a Copenhagen chef who is passionate about making people happy by feeding them healthy, delicious food that’s intriguing and yet simple. “I don’t have a preference for what I use – whether it’s Japanese shiso leaves or Italian mozzarella, or Danish beetroots, or fresh lavender – I use everything. What’s interesting is the combination – the way it tastes and the way it looks,” says Frederik whose food has an affinity with the pared back values of Danish modernism.
After a career in high-end restaurants, Frederik opened Atelier September four years ago in an atmospheric former antique shop in Copenhagen’s art and fashion district. Atelier September is a daytime café where he applies the values of fine dining to everyday food. “All generations have their rebellion and mine is to fine dining, I was seeking an antidote to all the fuss and I wanted to create a space where aesthetics were highly valued but everyone was invited.”
In spring 2017 Frederik opened Apollo Bar and Apollo Kantine in the Kunstal Charlottenborg, a Danish arts institution on Copenhagen’s central square, that’s been at the cutting edge of contemporary art since it was founded in 1883 and is neighbor to the Danish Academy of Fine Arts. “This place with its blend of learning, culture, history, community and artistic innovation feels like it’s in synergy with my DNA,” says Frederik, who raided Charlottenborg’s storerooms and found a 130 year old plaster frieze made at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi which now adorns a wall in Apollo Bar.
Come and taste the Nordic take on the Italian cuisine at Scandinavian Manifesto at Pitti Uomo!