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New Nordic Cuisine on Board the ICHIBAN: Top Yacht Chef Brings Innovation to Traditional Swedish Food

New Nordic Cuisine on Board the ICHIBAN: Top Yacht Chef Brings Innovation to Traditional Swedish FoodDeviledEggs_wShrimpandSauce_sail yacht ichiban menu

On her Sail Yacht ICHIBAN, top yacht chef Kerstin Malmström brings innovation to traditional Swedish food for a type of “New Nordic Cuisine.” Eight fortunate charter professionals sailing out of Stockholm got a taste of unexpected gastronomic delights that we thought could only be made by magic in ICHIBAN’s galley.

Besides being a culinary innovator, Kerstin joins her husband, ship’s Captain Janne Malmström, to bring fresh exciting Swedish dishes to guests aboard. Think toast Skagen with prawns, mayonnaise, beetroot and dill. Yum.

It’s worth noting here that Sweden is making waves in more than just their archipelago. “New Nordic Cuisine” is gaining notoriety in the world of gastronomy with new takes on their traditional high protein-low carbohydrate dishes.

Kerstin_ChefExtraordinaireOnBoarde_sail yacht ichiban menuDuring our beautiful week-long sailing tour (see our post Sailing Sweden’s Archipelago in the Baltic Sea on the S/Y Ichiban), Kerstin also gave us a culinary tour of traditional Swedish food with as many twists and turns as the land around which we were sailing! While each meal was enhanced by the string of gorgeous harbors where we dined, Kerstin (left) would not be outdone by the scenery. She perfectly paired out wines, local drinks and spirits to dazzle our palates.

I requested that she write down every meal since great food is one of the highlights of being on a yacht vacation.

Menus on the ICHIBAN are customized to meet travelers’ needs. We had one gluten-free guest and, ironically, I’m allergic to fish! Kerstin managed all our wishes and restrictions with creativity and care so everyone had a taste of the magic she produced in her small galley.

Here is our week of innovative Swedish dishes:

Mondag 8 th   Night harbour: NapoleonvikenSwedishFlagWaterBehind_sail yacht ichiban menu


starter: Potato cakes with roe

main course: Cod in a tomato sauce with olives

dessert: ice-cream served in an almond basket

Tuesdag 9th

Lunch harbor: KargrundetBeefPotatoes_LobsterSalad_sail yacht Ichiban menu

Lunch: Lobster casserole with salmon and prawns

Brownie_wWhippedCream_Strawberries_sail yacht ichibanNight harbour: Stora Nassa


starter: chanterelle toast

maincourse: Chicken with vermouth sauce

dessert: Brownie with whipped cream and strawberry <

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Wednesday 10th

Lunch harbor: Sandhamn

Lunch: moose meatballs with lingonberry sauce >

Night harbour: Sandhamn


maincourse: summer buffé with herring, cheese pie, lamb sausages

Traditional Swedish Thursday pea soup_sail yacht Ichiban menuThursday 11th

Lunch harbor: Byttan

Lunch: pea soup with warm “punsh”, pancakes with cloudberry- and strawberry jam <

Night harbour:  FjärdlångSalmonLemonsSauceTable__sail yacht Ichiban menu


ShrimpOnRisotto_sail yacht Ichiban menuDinner:

starter: Boueff Rydberg, filé with fried potatoes, onion and yolk.

main course: risotto with saffron and prawns <

dessert: crème brulée with rhubarb at the bottom

Friday 12th

Lunch harbor: Huvudskär

Lunch: smoked and “gravad” salmon, mustard sauce, lemon sauce >

PrawnsOnToast_wBeetRootandDill__sail yacht Ichiban menuNight harbour: Härsö


starter: toast Skagen with prawns, mayonnaise, beetroot and dill <

main course: deer with potato cake and red wine gravy.

dessert: chocolate cream with orange cream and almond crunch

So maties, we did some fantastic customized – or bespoke (gotta keep up with trending vernacular) -sailing and eating on the Sail Yacht Ichiban. We learned some new Swedish words, ate some new Swedish food and decided that New Nordic Cuisine is a trend we love following.

To learn more about sailing in Sweden, yacht living, chartering boats, eating like a gourmet and how you can have a customized adventure, contact Carol Kent Yacht Charters today!