What do delicious food and good music have in common? According to hunter, chef, and musician, Nikolaj Juel, it is all about balance and composition. Finding the right ingredients that will complement each other is the essence of both cooking and making music. To create a masterpiece, the chef or maestro adjusts the different flavors or tunes, so they balance each other out.
To obtain the best ingredients, getting as close to the source as possible has become Nikolaj’s goal. In order to harvest his own meat, he found his calling in hunting. By going outdoors to get them yourself, you can obtain the best, fresh, and healthy food.
Nikolaj loves to be outdoors to witness the first rays of sunlight creeping over the horizon, steeping the mossy air in a mystic atmosphere, making the dewdrops on the grass glisten and sparkle. That’s what really matters to him: experiencing nature, feeling connected to our origin, gazing upon the sunrise, and watching animals having breakfast.
Hunting allows Nikolaj to serve healthy, tasty food on his dinner table. Thus, his two sons, Elvis and Linus, as well as his girlfriend, Rikke, can eat in a sustainable way. He is constantly on the hunt for a good meal by using every part of the animal (such as bones for stock, liver for paté, caul fat to wrap meat, etc.). Plus, game meat is ecological and pure, causing no or minimal CO2 emissions.
Cooking game meat should be something for every day, in Nikolaj’s eyes. It is so versatile. He likes to challenge people by taking hunters out of their comfort zone with an exotic take on game meat. Through his travels, Nikolaj has broadened his palate’s horizon and is now incorporating this variety into his game meat creations. De-mystifying venison cooking and showing the fun in experimenting with different flavors is his mission.