For one thing, every single dish or beverage prepared on the show is done outdoors; Andreas has this portable "kitchen" which he assembles himself and sets up just about anywhere--backyards, gardens, or even mountains.
The portable kitchen--check out that magnificent view behind it
Since it's filmed in Norway, virtually everything outdoors looks spectacular, and Andreas can often be seen cooking with stunning views of fjords, lush green valleys, or ice-covered mountains behind him. In fact, I tended to focus more on the scenery than on the food most of the time.
The shows uses video rather than film, making all that lovely scenery look even clearer, and it also has a good soundtrack, with some relaxing, lazy music often heard in the background.
Andreas is one of the few TV chefs who can carry on a show just by talking; more often than not he expounds about Norwegian culture and gives added insight on Norwegian cuisine. Since he's a writer, he's eloquent without being overbearing, just like another food writer, Nigella Lawson. Hmmm...I guess food writers do make excellent cooking show hosts, since their passion about food clearly shows.
New Scandinavian Cooking is currently on its 5th Season; the one being aired here is the 2nd Season. Andreas Viestad hosted Seasons 1, 2, and 4; Tina Nordstrom from Sweden took over from Andreas in Season 3, and Claus Meyer from Denmark is the host for Season 5.
[Photos by Erik Røed]