Magnus Nilsson answers...10 questions for a visiting chef
Name Magnus Nilsson
Occupation Chef at Fäviken Magasinet, Järpen, Sweden
Welcome to Chicago! Why are you here?
Thank you! I am here mainly to present the book about my restaurant, Fäviken, that is just coming out.
Did you have any fears/anxieties/nervousness about coming to the Midwest? Explain.
No, should I? Is there something I should know about the Midwest that I haven't been told? :-) I actually have family here in Chicago that I have never met but unfortunately this time there won't be time enough to find and meet them.
A bunch of my family immgirated in the 20s. A lot of people left Sweden in the 20s, I think, and a lot of them ended up in Chicago. I haven't met my family in Chicago, I've never even had any contact with them. But I know they're there somewhere. Next time I'm definitely going to go find them...
True or false: You will be eating at Avec while in town.
False. There is no time this trip, unfortunately. I am only here one day! I need to come back.
Where else will you be eating?
The Chicago hot dog—yes or no? (Choose one.)
C. I don’t know what that is.
A. For hot dog, always yes! I must.
What does Chicago have that your home city doesn’t have? (We’re talking food and restaurants here, but feel free to go into other arenas.)
Probably a lot since I live in a village with 300 inhabitants! It's my first time in Chicago though so ask me again in a few days!
Tell us a funny/interesting/frightening tale about your restaurant.
Things go wrong all the time. That's part of running a restaurant. For me, that's what it's all about. Being a good restaurateur, a good chef, is being able to roll with that.
Finish this sentence: If I had just one more day in Chicago, I’d use it to...
...find my family whose ancestors emigrated from Sweden long time ago.