Simplicity and creating “honest food” are the guidelines Finnish super-chef Pekka Terävä follows in the kitchen. He is inspired by nature and architecture, respects basic flavors and believes in pure ingredients; these ideas coupled with Terävä’s creativity turn simple things into delicious magic. Terävä will tickle the taste buds of New Yorkers during the Fresh! from Finland promotion week (October 26-31, 2009) at the Scandinavia House.

Terävä is the owner and main chef of the Helsinki restaurant, Olo, which was recently chosen by the Guardian newspaper as the best place to eat Nordic food.  Since 1983, Terävä has spent his life in the kitchen. He believes in what he calls a modern Scandinavian kitchen, which means using the best available seasonal ingredients to create fresh dishes. Finland’s four clear seasons are his inspiration: “You don’t need to be a genius to be able to cook. You just need to open the window and feel what’s coming in.”

Terävä will bring the fresh flavors of the clean waters and abundant forests of Finland to New York during the promotion week as the Scandinavia House’s Smörgås Chef Restaurant will serve a special Fresh! from Finland menu and will offer a food demo and tasting event on October 28. The shop at the Scandinavia House will also feature a selection of Finnish food products, cookbooks and other dining related items.