The Brits are clearly obsessed with Scandinavia – what is it in your opinion that draws people to Scandinavian culture?
I think it’s a mixture between our coziness (hygge) culture, our comfort in the darkness and cold and the insane energy we have during the summer months. We live with the seasons, we, as people, exhibit the traits of the weather around us. It’s exciting. Plus, we are really good at baking nice cakes. That also helps.
What is your top tip to unwind?
Personally, I go for a really, really long run. I know it is not everybody’s type of unwinding, but I guess the best part about going for a long run is that afterwards, you unwind automatically because your body is too tired to do anything else. Once I’m back from the run, my favourite unwinding thing to do is to curl up in my favourite sofa with my daughters and read them a story. This usually also features some form of baked goods and a cup of tea.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
It’s good to say ‘no’.
What would you tell your 18 year old self?
If you don’t know where you’re going it doesn’t matter what road you take, just enjoy the journey. Oh, and no, a fringe is never a good idea.
We think female friendships are something that should be treasured and celebrated. What quality do all your friends share?
All my friends are really nice people. They have integrity, they are honest, they are kind. Most of all, all are really, really strong. I’m surrounded by alpha friends. I love that.
Fantasy Girls’ Night Out. You get to choose six women – dead or alive – to spend the evening with. Who? And where do you go?
Lady Gaga, Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan Sarandon, Emmeline Parkhurst, Meryl Streep and our friend Sandi Toksvig. THAT would be a fun dinner party. We’d go to The Ledbury.
Book you wish you’d written?
Any books by Haruki Murakami.
Film you’d like to see a sequel of?
Not a film, but I wish they’d make more series of The Newsroom. I miss it.
What are you listening to at the moment?
I listen to pod casts when I run, mostly. I’m the last person on the planet to listen to ‘Serial’ on audio book. Don’t tell me what happens, please, I’ve still got a few episodes left.
Best holiday destination?
Biarritz in August and September, when the waves are getting bigger. I can sit and watch the surf for hours and hours.
Sunrise or sunset?
Sunrise, every time. I’m up before it happens, usually, so I catch all of it.
Spring or autumn?
Autumn. Less of a rush, more considered approach to seasoning.
When was the last time you laughed out loud?
This morning when my youngest daughter told me she’d only agree to move house if we could move to a place with a sauna. I realised then that she’s completely Scandinavian at heart, even if she’s never lived there.
What word do you overuse?
Coffee. Lots of it.
What is the one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m really shy.
Bronte Aurell is a Danish entrepreneur, restaurateur and cook. Together with her Swedish husband Jonas, she runs the acclaimed ScandiKitchen Café and shop in central London. She began her career in food with Innocent smoothies, before moving on to run her own company. A keen cook herself, Bronte has been published widely in national magazines and newspapers, including The Guardian, The Times, Sunday Express, Olive, Hello, the Evening Standard’s ES Magazine. Her new book, The Scandi Kitchen, is out now.