I am a Wisconsinite of fractionally Norwegian descent currently living in London after spending two years in Japan. That’s where I am a viking began, as an exploration of Japanese local food cultures and customs. The title referred to the Japanese loan word vaikingu – which roughly translates as “all-you-can-eat” – and also to my ancestry and to my exploratory approach to food, drink, and life in general.
Upon taking a job as a Danish beer salesman, I repurposed the site to focus on Danish craft beer and traditional food. While I remain interested in Danish brewing and cooking, it soon became apparent that such a narrow focus failed to capture the attention of both my readers and myself. So, after a year-long hiatus, I am a viking returned to its anarchic original form: an ongoing exposition on exploratory expatriation, a free association of art, culture, beer, wine, cheese, travel, sausages, history, and the cuisines of Japan, Denmark, Great Britain, the United States, and beyond.
My interest in food and drink led me to win BBC1’s MasterChef in 2011. I am now working as a professional freelance chef, and I am available to hire for cooking, recipe development, presenting, and consulting. I am also the proprietor and head chef of the intermittent pop-up restaurant Nanban, and my first cookbook, Nanban: Japanese Soul Food is out in spring 2015.