MAD Academy

MAD Academy (‘mad’ is Danish for ‘food’) is an educational institution based in Copenhagen, Denmark that equips students from the hospitality community with the knowledge, tools and inspiration to effect positive change in their professional lives and in the world.

Launched in 2019, the Academy is part of the MAD Foundation, which was founded in 2011 by René Redzepi, chef and owner of restaurant Noma in Copenhagen. From its very beginnings, the MAD Foundation has led important conversations about how the restaurant community can contribute to the health of the planet and improve the lives of those working in food. In addition to the Academy, MAD’s programs include a biennial Symposium; a series of public talks in major cities around the globe; books, online videos, and other publications; and, through a division called VILD MAD, free resources for exploring nature through foraging.

The activities of MAD Academy are made possible by tuition fees, government grants, and donations from organizations and private individuals.

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