Who Am I? My name is Michael Museth and I am a trained butcher and have worked as a chef, both in elite and catering settings. I have been an entrepreneur for the past nineteen years, I have had my own café and deli in the Danish town of Aarhus, and for the past sixteen years I have run a catering company in Copenhagen.
My own upbringing did not include a culinary education, and then again, because I remember the first time I cooked the family dinner: Irish stew. I was probably around 12 or 13 years old, and it was an exciting experience to be in charge of everything: shopping, cooking, the dirty dishes and, not least, the family’s response to my efforts. In my recollection, the meal was an unmitigated success, but then, that’s the nice thing about starting out at home. It ensures a more tolerant audience and more forgiving reviews.
The People’s Food House aims to campaign for pure products at affordable prices, prevent traditional methods from disappearing and change coming generations’ relationship with food.
A meal is pleasure, sharing and community, and knowing and being able to prepare commonplace ingredients is a useful skill for life. Like being able to read or ride a bicycle. Denmark is a rich country – also in culinary terms. We have amazing produce and meat and strong local culinary traditions. We need to safeguard and share these values to make sure that quality ingredients and knowledge are within reach for everyone.
The People’s Food House aims to inspire more people to cook for themselves and to take responsibility for what we put into our bodies. We pursue this mission through cooking classes, teambuilding events and catering and by developing homemade products that give new consumers a taste of our traditional heritage.
We want to pass on knowledge about nutrition, quality ingredients and cooking, especially to children. That promotes quality of life in several regards and fosters future generations who are able to cook from scratch. We believe that it is possible to go far with inspiration and knowledge – because once children have tasted a freshly dug up potato that they helped pull out of the ground and prepare in the kitchen, they might understand why the potato is such a key regional ingredient that we should cherish. We also hope to help the children discover why seasonal Danish vegetables are so unique, with a flavour that they won’t find all year round.
We want to demonstrate that if we pull together we can give everyone, regardless of their personal resources, the ability to prepare and eat quality food. Therefore, we also develop pure homemade products at a price that most people can afford. Products where you can trace exactly where the meat was sourced, and which include nothing but pure ingredients and spices.
We also dream of setting up a retreat for chefs suffering from stress, hosting a summer camp for children and organizing a festival bus to bring the mission of the People’s Food House to every part of the country – dreams that we can hopefully make real together with the right partners.