The Danish Chaine had its Christmas dinner at Josty on Frederiksberg, a few minutes from the center of Copenhagen. Josty is one of Copenhagens oldest restaurants and originally used to be a house for King Frederik IV (1671-1730) who had his castle next door. In 1823 it became a restaurant founded by Anton Josty. In 2007 the restaurant was taken over by Lars Nielsen, who had the 2 Michelin star restaurant Kommandanten (the first in Denmark to receive 2 stars).
On an autumn evening the Bailliage du Danemark set out to visit the famed gourmet restaurant in the
city of Sorø. Bus transportation had been arranged for the participants coming from Copenhagen. Our
host for the evening was owner and Maître Restaurateur Lars Mortensen. Together with his Chef de
la Cuisine, Maître Rôtisseur Benjamin Thielgaard, they had prepared for a spectacular evening in the
The restaurant building was originally a private house purchased by King Christian VII for his
mistress which became famous with the name “Bootee–Katrine”. She was born in August 1745 as an
illegitimate daughter of Prince George of Bavaria. Her mother married a soldier of the prince’s army
and they settled down as shoemakers in Copenhagen. She got the nickname Bootee-Katrine as she
ran errands with bootees to the city officers which her stepfather has repaired.
Snacks and aperitif were enjoyed in a private saloon, while the dinner itself, by agreement with Lars,
was set in the á la carte section of the restaurant. A Chaîne roll-up and a small table with sabers, a
brass plaque and leaflets was set up, and during the evening there were continuous and joyful
interchanges with other diners who were curious about the Chaîne..
Once again we had a full weekend arrangement in Jutland. We started out by visiting the island
Mandø that is only accessible at low tide. There we had a nice lunch, tasting locally produced
specialties and the local beer – the area is well known for producing the best lamb in Denmark - and
a guided tour around the island.