Magnus Nilsson it seems has finally had enough and is to close his restaurant Fäviken.
Fäviken to close at the end of the year. Dear Friends, With this note I would like to tell you that this coming season will be my last at Fäviken Magasinet. I have been the chef here for more than ten years now and it has been amazing. Unusually early in my career I was presented with the opportunity to develop and operate an ambitious restaurant in a way that most chefs can only dream about. I have had the chance to work alongside the best team I could have wished for, cooking for the most fantastic guests (mostly). Fäviken has been a project where I have enjoyed tremendous support from the Brummer family who are Fäviken’s owners and my business partners. I have been allowed to grow and develop, and I have enjoyed complete creative freedom. It has been a hard decision, but one that I believe is the right one. The evening of the 14th of December 2019 will be my last. I wanted to share this news now when the coming season is already fully booked, as to not motivate guests to come here just because of the news itself. I hope that my last half-year at Fäviken is going to be business as usual, and that the people come here to enjoy Fäviken and what we have to offer, not because it will end soon, but because it is a magnificent restaurant experience right now. We have truly never been better. When I am done here I am going to spend time with my family, reflect, fish, garden, write, rest and get fit, both physically and mentally. I am not going to lie, I am a little bit tired after all this time pushing the development of the restaurant forward. I would like to thank you all for coming here to work, eat, share, and to be a part of what Fäviken has been and will be for a while longer. I have given one interview on this matter, (with the LA Times) to provide a little bit more depth. For those who are interested, link in bio. To my friends out there working in media: I want to spend my last half-year at Fäviken enjoying my work in the restaurant, not talking about what has been and what is coming. I am very sorry for not making myself available for any more interviews at this time. I hope you understand. Thank you all! Magnus Nilsson
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The LA Times reports exclusively that the two Michelin star restaurant in Jämtland, in central Sweden, made famous by Chef’s Table and considered one of the best in the world, will close in December 2019 so that Nilsson can dedicate his time to gardening.
Nilsson spoke previously of the stress of working in a kitchen and how he came close to closing Fäviken before. The restaurant’s reputation is such that they have no problems finding staff or filling the reservations book, however, to Nilsson, who values work life balance highly it seems it’s time to close the book on the restaurant and start the next chapter in his career, becoming a gardener.
“To run a restaurant like Fäviken the first thing you need to feel every single morning is excitement. One morning I woke up and for the first time in my life I didn’t feel excited to go to work."
“I began to feel that Fäviken had to come to an end. It would be impossible to run a restaurant like this without it turning into a fake experience."
“I’m not interested in turning this project which has been run on intense passion from a giant group of people for eleven years into something less good."
“I wanted to close in a way that mirrors the way Fäviken has been run in the last eleven years."
“I don’t want to spend the last six months of this amazing project not enjoying it."
“I want them to be the best six months we’ve ever done. I want to spend them working business as usual and then sort of be done with it."
A tweet from the LA Times said that Nilsson purposefully waited to announce the closing until Fäviken was fully booked for the rest of the year because he didn’t want the remaining months to operate like a wake, with diners coming to mourn or to gawk.