Having gathered experience at Umami and Søllerød Kro, two of Copenhagen’s best restaurants, 28-year-old Mads Hyllested has set forth to revolutionise the Aalborg food scene. In April last year, he opened Applaus, a restaurant reflecting the young chef’s own character in that it is ambitious and innovative but tempered by a healthy dose of modesty and practicality. “I chose this concept based on what I can do – I don’t have the skills to run a Michelin-star
kitchen, so it was about striking a balance. Also, the concept didn’t exist in Aalborg so it was something with which I could add something new to the city,” says the chef, who grew up north of Aalborg.