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A Dishwasher Just Became Co-Owner at Copenhagen’s Famed Restaurant Noma

Mahita Gajanan

Ali Sonko, an immigrant dishwasher from the Gambia living in Denmark, has shot to fame after being named a partner at Noma, one of the world’s top-ranked restaurants.

Sonko, who has worked as a dishwasher at Noma for more than a decade, was named as a partner along with two others at the Copenhagen restaurant by chef and co-founder Rene Redzepi last week. The men collectively received 10% of the holding company that handles Noma’s business, the Washington Post reported.

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Sonko’s promotion was heralded as a symbol of immigrant success during a time when Denmark, along with other countries in Europe, have been seen as unwelcoming toward refugees and immigrants.

Sonko’s story also highlighted how dishwashers at Noma are treated with a respect not afforded to ones in the U.S. Redzepi told the Washington Post that Sonko is “one of the top-paid people in the entire kitchen,” and commands “as much respect as the best head chef or sous chef.”

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