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Appetites: Magnus Nilsson's 'Nordic'

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A fjord on Faroe Islands
Nilsson's upcoming exhibit captures his encounters with the people he met and the places he visited during his travels through the Nordic region while researching his popular seminal text, "The Nordic Cookbook."
Magnus Nilsson via American Swedish Institute

Magnus Nilsson has been portrayed as a constant innovator in profiles by PBS and Netflix.

The native Swede returned to his homeland after some time cooking in Paris to work as head chef at Fäviken in the town of Järpen.

Magnus Nilsson
A portrait of chef Magnus Nilsson.
Cameron Wittig | Courtesy of the American Swedish Institute

Fäviken has been listed as one of the world's top restaurants, and Nilsson's earned two Michelin stars for his work there.

He's in Minnesota this week to check out the food scene and debut something less edible: his exhibit at the American Swedish Institute called "Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food and People." It runs now until Aug. 14.

In addition to Nilsson's original photography, the exhibit will feature images by Minnesota-based photographer Cameron Wittig and narratives from Swedish journalist Po Tidholm.

Nilsson joined MPR News host Tom Crann to talk about the exhibit, his culinary work and his popular cookbook.

Use the audio player above to hear their conversation.

Correction (June 1, 2016): An earlier version of this story included an incorrect credit for the portrait of Magnus Nilsson. The photo was taken by Cameron Wittig. The story has been updated.