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Organizers offer hints on Nobel banquet

Published lördag 5 december 2015 kl 16.48
From right to left: Florist Per Benjamin, chef Sayan Isaksson, pastry chef Daniel Roos and head of the night's entertainment Mats Jankell. Photo: Claudio Bresciani / TT.
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From right to left: Florist Per Benjamin, chef Sayan Isaksson, pastry chef Daniel Roos and head of the night's entertainment Mats Jankell. Photo: Claudio Bresciani / TT.
Preparation before the Nobel dinner in Stockholm's city hall in 1999. File photo: Björn Larsson Ask.
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Preparation before the Nobel dinner in Stockholm's city hall in 1999. File photo: Björn Larsson Ask.

Organizers of the Nobel banquet, where laureates in the fields of sciences and literature receive their awards, dropped a few clues as to what guests of Thursday night's ceremony can expect.

Swedish soul star Seinabo Sey, singer-songwriter Anna Ternheim and the  Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir are set to perform during the evening at Stockholm's City Hall, news agency TT reports.

Florist Per Benjamin, responsible for this year's floral decorations, said he had just received a huge delivery of flowers from Italy and promised a colorful and modern arrangement on the banquet tables.

"The inspiration is taken from the Nobel Medal, its shape and the colors," he told TT.

All Nobel awards apart from the peace prize are given out during the meal hosted at Stockholm's City Hall. The massive banquet, which is broadcast live on Swedish Television, features the laureates as well as the Swedish royal family and other dignitaries. 

The event's menu and decoration are a closely guarded secret unveiled only the night of the dinner.

Chef Sayan Isaksson will handle the meal while pastry chef Daniel Roos will take care of dessert. It is Roos' second year in a row as the banquet's pastry chef.

He was tight-lipped about the dish but said its shape will be a familiar one.

"When you look at it, it's something very Swedish we have. It doesn't taste Swedish, but the form itself is very Swedish," Roos said.

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