Thomas Herman

Thomas Herman
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For Thomas Herman, executive chef at Restaurant Herman, eating is about remembering and reminiscing. His intimate establishment serves up classic Danish fare with a sophisticated twist, accompanied by one of the city’s best wine lists.

[B]How did you get to where you are now professionally?[/B]

I spend a lot of hours behind the stove and by working with many different and inspiring chefs all over the world.

[B]Do you rank Copenhagen among the world's creative capitals? Why/why not?[/B]

Yes. Copenhagen is such a cultural city within art, gastronomic, music, design and furniture.

[B]The W* shoot is all about Copenhagen shopping – what are your favourite Copenhagen stores?[/B]

Dansk Møbel Kunst gallery

[B]What object/piece of furniture in your home could you not live without?[/B]

My two Spanish chairs by Børge Mogensen

[B]Who/what is inspiring you most right now? [/B]

Old, traditional danish gastronomic updated in a 2009 style.

[B]What advice do you wish you'd been given 10 years ago?[/B]

Don't smoke!

[B]What's your secret/favourite indulgence?[/B]

That I'm stubborn and always 100 per cent focused.

[B]If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?[/B]

My lack of patience.

[B]What's the one thing you'd never change?[/B]

That I'd never compromise concerning quality.

[B]How do you relax?[/B]

With my girlfriend, a bottle of Champagne and a dozen oysters.

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.