The children at Malmö's Rörsjöskolan sit down to their own version of the banquet. Photo: Rörsjöskolan
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The children at Malmö's Rörsjöskolan sit down to their own version of the banquet. Photo: Rörsjöskolan
No clues from Klas Lindborg what the food will be, but he says he's very pleased with it. Photo: Loukas Christodoulou/Radio Sweden
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No clues from Klas Lindborg what the food will be, but he says he's very pleased with it. Photo: Loukas Christodoulou/Radio Sweden
Toasting like a king, at the Rörsjö school version of the Nobel party. Photo: Rörsjöskolan
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Toasting like a king, at the Rörsjö school version of the Nobel party. Photo: Rörsjöskolan

Old and young Swedes host mini-Nobel banquets

"Smaller portions of proteins and more greens"
5:20 min

The Nobel banquet is so important for Swedes that people literally copy it at home in front of the TV, wanting to feel like they're there, even if they are not wearing a ball gown or tiara

In western Sweden old age home residents as old as 102 will be having their own Nobel banquet, and then watching the dignitaries in City Hall on TV

Anna Greta Magnusson, a member of staff at the home in western Sweden, says the residents get their own homemade three-course meal. Sometimes she hears them say - it's just as nice here as at the real banquet.

And others, 93 years younger, are also having their own banquet.

Kim Sjöberg is a teacher at Rörsjöskolan in the southen City of Malmö . She had the idea of her nine-year-old pupils recreating the banquet. She says they think it's great fun, and they quickly learn how to eat with the table manners and ettiquett of a queen or king.

She says they've chosen a three-course meal they know the Malmö pupils will like. First east asian food. Then falafel and kebab.

The creator of this year's main course at the Nobel banquet itself is Klas Lindberg. He's an olympic food champion, taking a gold medal in 2012 as part of the Swedish team.

It's taken a lot of preparation time.

"We started on Tuesday, now it's Sunday." And he adds they have 48 chefs in the kitchen and he's proud of how well his team is working.

He says this year the meal will focus on bringing out the flavours of finely cooked vegetables, like greens and carrots.

"We've set the focus on the produce. In the starter and in the main course. All the stock and all the sauces are really perfect".

And Klas Lindberg says of course the banquet honouring the Nobel laureates has to be luxurious, even though it's based on pure simple ingredients

Reporter: Loukas Christodoulou

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