This week, The Menu launched in HBO Max. The show was conceived as a biting satire of the restaurant industry, particularly focusing on the evil and corruption that lies at the core.
“Ready for dinner? A couple who travels to an exclusive restaurant on a coastal island get the shock of their lives when they see what’s on the menu in this delectably horrifying satire starring Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Hong Chau, Janet McTeer, Judith Light, and John Leguizamo,” the description reads.
However, since the movie launched and took over the internet, some fans have noticed an unexpected consequence of the film. It seems the exposure of the fine dining industry has cut a little too close to home for one of the best restaurants in the world…
Now, in all of the world, there are only 142 restaurants that hold 3 Michelin stars. But across the most prestigious lists of fine dining experiences, there is one restaurant that usually comes out on top – NOMA, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
But this week, NOMA fans have had some devastating news – the institution is set to close its doors in 2024!
“The decision comes as NOMA and many other elite restaurants are facing scrutiny of their treatment of the workers, many of them paid poorly or not at all, who produce and serve these exquisite dishes,” the New York Times reports.
“The style of fine dining that NOMA helped create and promote around the globe — wildly innovative, labor-intensive and vastly expensive — may be undergoing a sustainability crisis.”
“It’s unsustainable,” NOMA chef and founder René Redzepi continued.
“Financially and emotionally, as an employer and as a human being, it just doesn’t work. We have to completely rethink the industry. This is simply too hard.”
As the news broke on Twitter, though, many people pointed out the same thing. The release of The Menu seems to line up spookily with the news of NOMA’s closure!
In fact, people all over Twitter were quick to link these 2 events. “Wow NOMA is really giving The Menu which I believe the film is inspired from,” one wrote.
“On the heels of The Menu coming out, this is almost satirical, but can’t believe NOMA will finally be closed,” added another.
A third wrote: “Am I the only one who thinks it’s low key sus that NOMA announced shutting shop this soon after The Menu came out?”
While a fourth joked: “Omg NOMA chefs watched THE MENU (2022).”
Do you think there’s a connection between these two? Or is it all a major coincidence?