Former World Champion Chef Debuts Hotel & Food Academy in Norway

Ørjan Johannesen—winner of the 2015 Bocuse d'Or (World Chef) competition—has opened Beckerwyc House, a family-run hotel on Austevoll island outside the city of Bergen, Norway. With his own food academy, Johannesen will provide food experiences and knowledge for guests.

Beckerwyc House opened its doors on June 16 on the hillside by Bekkjarvik Harbour in Austevoll, just south of Bergen, offering views of the harbor, the fjord and the peaks of Sunnhordland. It has 20 rooms and suites, half of which have their own patio. The outdoor area consists of several terraces where guests can relax in both the lounge and jacuzzi. In the parking lot, there are charging points for electric cars. The hotel is a part of Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri Hotel & Suites, just a four-minute stroll from the traditional guest house.

“We believe that Beckerwyc House will have an international appeal for both foodies who travel for unique food experiences, and for people who want to find peace and experience the destination Austevoll with its wide range of activities. At the same time, we are very excited about strengthening our overall offer to both local, national and international travelers,” said Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri CEO Rønnaug Nymark.

Beckerwyc House will be much more than an exclusive hotel. With Johannessen at the helm, the Beckerwyc Food Academy will offer food expertise and knowledge. “The food cathedral on the hotel’s top floor will provide room for a variety of food and drink experiences, which are given considerable attention in Beckerwyc House. The academy aims to increase food skills by offering food courses for private individuals and businesses, digital food courses via streaming, and competence for our own industry,” said Johannessen.

A chambre separée is designed for private dining experiences, groups and meetings. In November, the exclusive restaurant Mirabelle by Ørjan Johannessen will open, with the signature “Island Gastronomy.”

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