Michelin chef Magnus Nilsson closes Sweden restaurant to spend more time with family

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Two-Michelin-starred restaurant Fäviken, located roughly 600 kilometers (373 miles) north of Swedish capital Stockholm, is one of Europe’s most in-demand eateries.

But now chef Magnus Nilsson has become the latest Michelin-starred restaurateur to announce he’s shutting up shop because he’s had enough.

“This coming season will be my last at Fäviken Magasinet,” wrote Nilsson on his Instagram account.

The chef says December 14, 2019 will be the last business day. Instead of working, he says he plans to spend his time with family, fishing, gardening and getting fit, “both physically and mentally.”

New chapter

Fäviken is located north of Stockholm, in Sweden.

A Michelin star is often seen as a crowning achievement for a chef, but Nilsson isn’t the first who has turned his back on the accolade.

In September 2018, rural Checkers restaurant in Wales announced its plans to give back its Michelin star and reopen in a more low-key iteration.

And in October 2017, Restaurant Andre, a top Singaporean dining spot, returned its two Michelin stars, with chef-patron Andre Chiang explaining he wanted to focus on other projects.

Meanwhile, French chef Sébastien Bras asked Michelin to take away his 3 stars in September 2017.

Fäviken is known for its locally grown and sourced menu.

Chiang, Bras and the Checkers team all said they felt increasingly exhausted under the pressure of running a prestigious establishment.

It’s a sentiment Nilsson shares.

“I am not going to lie, I am a little bit tired after all this time pushing the development of the restaurant forward,” he said.

The 35-year-old chef has been running Fäviken for 10 years, during which time it’s become wildly successful, featuring on TV cookery programs and spawning cookbooks.

The restaurant seats just 24 people and showcases local produce in a creative way. Nilsson is responsible for growing and hunting many of his ingredients.

After enjoying the 3,300 kronor ($345) seasonal tasting menu, diners can also stay overnight in one of the restaurant’s six rooms.

Creative freedom

Fäviken showcases creative dining.

The coming season at Fäviken is all booked up – so unless diners already have a reservation, they’ll miss out on the Nilsson experience.

“I have been allowed to grow and develop, and I have enjoyed complete creative freedom,” says Nilsson.

The chef says it’s not an easy decision to close his passion project, but he believes “it’s the right one.”