Björn Frantzén

Björn Frantzén (born 26 January 1977) is a chef and former footballer. Frantzén runs Frantzén (Stockholm) and Zén (Singapore), restaurants that holds three stars in the Michelin Guide each, and owns several other restaurants in Stockholm and Asia.

Björn Frantzén-Sandberg
Björn Frantzen.jpg
Björn Frantzén, Datum, 2012
Björn Kent Mikael Frantzén

(1977-01-26) 26 January 1977 (age 46)
EducationThree years at a restaurant school in Stockholm, one year of military cooking in Boden
Culinary career
Cooking styleContemporary
Current restaurant(s)
    • Frantzén
    • Catering Frantzén
    • Zén
    • Frantzén’s Kitchen
    • Bobergs Matsal
    • Salongen
    • Botanique
    • Nordiska Kantinen
Television show(s)
    • Frantzén styr upp (2014)
    • Björn Frantzén, SVT documentary


Frantzén was born in Solna, Stockholm, Sweden. He played football for AIK between 1992 and 1996 before starting his career as a chef. At first, Frantzén worked as a chef at Edsbacka krog before going on to work at other restaurants, such as Chez Nico's, Dining Lettonie, Pied a Terre, and L'Arpege.

Frantzén opened Frantzén/Lindeberg in 2008. The restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star in 2009, and its second in 2010. Frantzén/Lindeberg continued to be rated two stars through 2016.[1] Frantzén/Lindeberg was named number 12 of the 50 Best Restaurants Of The Year in The White Guide.[2]

In addition, Frantzén started Catering Frantzén and Gaston. Gaston was one of a few wine bars in Stockholm.[3] Frantzén was also the creator of the project "Exceptional Swedish Quality Food" that strives to lift Swedish raw products to a world-class standard. The project was done in partnership with Visit Sweden, LRF (Lantbrukarnas Riksförbund), Martin and Servera, Swedish Meat, and the Swedish Board of Agriculture.

In 2016 his first international restaurant was opened — Frantzén’s Kitchen in Hong Kong. Summer 2018[4] he opened the Flying Elk in Hong Kong that was closed by the end of 2019 due to the economic recession.[5] Late 2018, he opened Zén in Singapore which follows his novel "3-floors of eating experience" to be had at Frantzén. In 2021 Zén received its third Michelin star.

Stockholm's The Flying Elk, Corner Club and Gaston were sold in summer 2019.[6]

Brasserie Astoria was opened in spring 2021.

Personal lifeEdit

Frantzén was married to his long time partner Sara Sandberg in July 2016.[7] Together they have two daughters, Leiah and Stella, who live with them in Stockholm.


In August 2012, Frantzén ran Sweden's Twitter account for a week. During his run he gave out cooking advice and deflected jokes comparing him to the Swedish Chef.[8]

In 2014 Frantzén starred in cooking reality-show "Frantzén styr upp" produced by TV3.

In the summer of 2014 he did a series of commercials for Mariestads, the export beer from Spendrups brewery.[9]

In 2015 Sveriges Television released documentary Hunger on Björn Frantzén and Daniel Lindeberg that was shot in 2012.


  • Frantzén, Björn; Lindeberg, Daniel; Kallentoft, Mons (2012). Lager, Göran (ed.). Frantzén/Lindeberg (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedts förlag. p. 320. ISBN 978-91-1-303404-1.
  • Frantzén, Björn; Lindeberg, Daniel; Kallentoft, Mons (2013). Lager, Göran (ed.). World-Class Swedish cooking. New York: Skyhorse Publishing. p. 320. ISBN 978-1620877357.
  • Frantzén, Björn (2014). Lager, Göran (ed.). Glöd med Björn Frantzén (in Swedish). Stockholm: Albert Bonniers förlag. p. 159. ISBN 978-9174244168.
  • Frantzén, Björn (2016). Lager, Göran (ed.). The Flying Elk: gastropub by Björn Frantzén (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedts förlag. p. 283. ISBN 9789113075105.
  • Frantzén, Björn; Frantzén, Sara (2017). Lager, Göran (ed.). Björn Frantzén lagar mat för sugna diabetiker och annat folk (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedts förlag. p. 155. ISBN 978-91-1-307511-2.
  • Frantzén, Björn; Jernmark, Marcus; Benitez, Charles; Kroon, Mattias (2020). Lager, Göran (ed.). Frantzén. Stockholm: Norstedts förlag. p. 385. ISBN 978-91-1-309718-3.


Frantzén's restaurants have been given the following awards:

  • OAD: #1 Restaurant in Europe
  • 3 Michelin stars: 2018
  • 2 Michelin stars: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • 12th best restaurant in 2013: Restaurant magazine
  • Sweden's best restaurant: 2011, 2012, The White Guide
  • Sweden's best food in 2010, the White Guide
  • Chefs Pub 2013: Restaurant World
  • Chef of Chefs 2013: Restaurant World
  • Gulddraken Luxury 2013: DN
  • AA Gill's Guest Drake in 2013: DN [10]


  1. ^ "Frantzén/Lindeberg". Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Restaurant Frantzén". Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  3. ^ Maxwell, Kate (25 June 2013). "In Stockholm's Old Town, the Perfect New Wine Bar". The Daily Traveler. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  4. ^ Fok, Wilson (27 April 2018). "Exclusive: Björn Frantzén Will Open The Flying Elk In Central This June". Hong Kong Tatler. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  5. ^ Liang, Alice. "HK bars and restaurants suffer after turbulent 2019". Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Björn Frantzén säljer sina krogar i Gamla stan". Allt om Stockholm (in Swedish). Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Lagers tabberas: Ett sådant kärlekskalas nära Sara och Björn gifte sig". 2016.
  8. ^ "Swedish Chef Björn Frantzén Takes Over Sweden's Twitter Account". Huffington Post. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  9. ^ Mariestads Commercial
  10. ^ Restaurants in Stockholm, Gulddraken | Stockholm Our WayStockholm Our Way Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine

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