By Andy Hayler
The head chef of legendary Schwarzwaldstube in the Black Forest, Harold Wohlfhart not only has held three Michelin stars for decades, but half a dozen chefs who trained with him have gained 3 stars in their own right.
At one time the youngest ever 3 star Michelin chef at the age of 32, Heinz Winkler’s eponymous property has a spectacular setting at the foot of a mountain between Germany and Austria. He is a master of classical technique.
Not many 3 Michelin star restaurants are located in a car factory, but Sven Elverfeld’s Aqua effectively is – based in Wolfsburg next to the Volkswagen HQ. His cuisine is modern and innovative but rooted on strong culinary technique.
A master of classical French cooking and noted for his sauces, Helmut Thieltges unassumingly plies his trade in a leafy setting in the west of Germany, having maintained 3 Michelin stars throughout this century.
Vendome, in a magnificent stately home, is Joachim Wissler’s 3 star Michelin restaurant. His lengthy tasting menus show a complete grasp of culinary technique, blending modern touches with classical cooking.