The Essex-born chef’s restaurant Henne Kirkebey Kro in Jutland was upgraded from one to two stars after Michelin praised its ‘sublime’ cooking with ‘top-notch seasonal produce’.
It is currently the only Danish restaurant outside of Copenhagen to hold a two-star rating.
Cunningham cut his teeth at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck before moving to Denmark in 1994.
He gained a star at Copenhagen’s The Paul in 2003, but the restaurant closed in late-2011.
“I certainly did not see that one coming,” Cunningham wrote on his Facebook page. “A huge surprise, a most wonderful experience, and the absolute highlight of my career in the kitchen.”
The Michelin Guide to Nordic Countries 2017 includes 274 restaurants across Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland.
This year’s edition is the first since 2008 not to include Copenhagen dining sensation Noma, which is currently closed ahead of its move to an urban farm near the Danish capital.