Niklas Ekstedt trained at the Swedish gastronomic school Racklöfska; going on to work for Charlie Trotter in Chicago. He went on to intern at several three-star Michelin restaurants, including El Bulli, Spain and The Fat Duck, England.
At the age of twenty-one he opened his first restaurant ‘Niklas’ in Helsingborg, Sweden. ‘Niklas’ was listed the best business restaurant in Sweden by newspaper ‘Dagens Industri’ in 2003 and the fifth best restaurant in Sweden by the restaurant guide ‘White’ in 2005. Sweden. In 2003 Ekstedt opened a second restaurant, ‘Niklas i Viken’, a summer restaurant located in the village of Viken, a few kilometers north of Helsingborg. Simultaneously, Ekstedt’s cooking show, ‘Mat’ (Food in Swedish), began airing on Sveriges Television (Swedish national television). Since then Ekstedt’s Television Career has continued with several shows, including a cooking show aimed at a children audience.
In 2011, Ekstedt opened his second restaurant in Stockholm, simply named ‘Ekstedt’. Here, the concept is to first and foremost cook all raw ingredients over an open fire. Niklas was awarded with a Michelin star in 2013. He starred in Valentine Warner Eats Scandinavia in 2013 and Scandimania with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in 2014.