Behind the Restaurant

Sammy Shafi

Growing up, Sammy already knew he had a taste for business. At 13 years old, while still in school, he learned about the restaurant business and the concept of service, as he started working at a fish restaurant.
Later, Sammy helped out his dad in his restaurant, Harlekin, in the amusement park “Bakken”, but as they parted ways, Sammy chose an education in the Compass Group – a food service business, mainly operating in airports.
He received a solid, English management trainee education – and the dream started to grow: owning his very own restaurant.
That dream came true in 2001, when he – along with his brother Mikkel Shafi – bought the restaurant Borups Kærlighed – the place now called Kokkeriet. Since then, Sammy has worked and functioned as the daily manager of the restaurant (as well as Head Sommelier) and has slowly, but steadily found that exact style of kitchen and type of restaurant that is now the essence of Kokkeriet.

Named Sommelier of the Year in 2012 by the renowned Danish restaurant guide ‘Den danske Spiseguide’ and always on a quest for the ultimate service, Sammy is driven by a passion to constantly improve. “The sky is not the limit”. That is, however, where you’ll find the stars …