CEO, FOUNDER AND OWNER
Jesper Boelskifte has been in the industry for 25 years. He has worked with fine wine in Italy. He was responsible for overseeing three restaurants in China. And he was the Director of Service at the exclusive Hotel Store Kro – Fredensborg in Denmark, prior to opening his first restaurant Le Sommelier in 1997.
As the name of the restaurant implies, it was the love of wine inparticular which has, to a great extent, shaped his career. Jesper has been the President of the Danish Sommelier Association for 11 years and Board Member of the World-Wide Sommelier Association “ASI”. He has been a national Sommelier Champion five times and culminated his active Sommelier career as Nordic Sommelier Champion in 2000.
ERIK GEMAL WITTING
CO-FOUNDER AND OWNER
Erik Gemal has worked in Denmark’s capital for more than 30 years as a chef, restaurant manager and sommelier, with several Michelin Guide restaurants under his belt. Wine is his passion, and he became a member of the Danish Sommelier Association in 1991.
In 1997 Erik opened the restaurant Le Sommelier with Jesper Boelskifte. Le Sommelier quickly became highly regarded as an exclusive restaurant with a talent for combining wine with cuisine. Responsible for operational tasks, openings, and supervision of Copenhagen Concepts franchise restaurants. Member of Horesta Board.
CHEF, CO-FOUNDER AND OWNER
Francis Cardenau was born in France and quickly earned respect in Denmark as a chef at the restaurant Kommandanten, where he was the first chef in Denmark to be awarded with two stars in the Michelin Guide.
Since then, Francis has been the chef and owner of Le Sommelier, where he creates French country cuisine at its best. In 2005 he opened the critically acclaimed restaurant Umami together with Jesper Boelskifte and Erik Gemal. Francis has worked in numerous French Michelin star restaurants, including Taillevent and Le Copenhague.
MARKETING MANAGER AND OWNER
Mikkel Glahn is a sales specialist, creative marketing specialist, venture capitalist and IT geek, who has had great success in various business segments, including restaurants, clothing, LCD and plasma TVs, digital printing and the mobile phone industry. Creativity, flexibility, persistence and an infallible moral code are the tenets he lives by and the cornerstones of his business philosophy.
Mikkel joined Copenhagen Concepts in 2009. Mikkel has built and improved the MASH brand both in the UK and Denmark. In London MASH won the award for Best Restaurant in 2013. As a result of this the number of visitors on the website increased with 20%.
Stig Bergstrøm has a background in finance and has worked as an auditor at the prestigious firm Ernst & Young for nearly 10 years. Since 1996, he worked in CFO and Managing Director positions in companies with strong brands within consumer goods, publishing and the lifestyle industry, focusing on doing business in European markets.
He attended Copenhagen Business School, has a Graduate Degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science Degree in Economics and Business Administration. Stig has been part of the Copenhagen Concepts management team since 2011.