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Watch a Michelin 2-Star Chef Make the Perfect Summertime Sandwich

Emma Bengtsson shares her recipe for Aquavit's popular shrimp roll.

Aquavit nyc shrimp roll brioche Photo: courtesy Aquavit

When Emma Bengtsson left Sweden a decade ago, she did so to join the kitchen at Aquavit restaurant in New York City—and she hasn’t left since. That’s not to mean things have changed for her since 2010 at the restaurant dedicated to modern Nordic fine dining. When she first arrived, Bengtsson was a pastry chef, but eventually she would take over both the sweet and savory side of the kitchen and has held two Michelin stars since she assumed control.

During Covid-19, Aquavit has gone more casual, serving creative-yet-comforting fare to go. Bengtsson’s menu features classics like herring, Swedish meatballs and picnic baskets filled with Scandinavian treats like gravlax and chicken liver with lingonberries.

In this episode of Robb Report Culinary School Bengtsson shows how you can make one of the most popular menu items at home, the shrimp roll. She also explains how she went from being a pastry chef to an executive chef and shares how she found a mental break from the kitchen with Latin dance.

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