All told, the number of restaurants in Germany with one or more Michelin stars is now at the new peak of 292 establishments. The frontrunner, France, is becoming “gradually nervous”, says Michael Ellis, International Director of the Michelin Guide.
The top ten restaurants, with three stars, have remained unchanged. The gourmet capital is still Baiersbronn, a town of only 15,000 inhabitants near Freudenstadt in Baden-Württemberg. Its two three-star restaurants, Barreis and Schwarzwaldstube, are complemented by the two-star restaurant Schlossberg and a few insiders’ tips.
Among the larger cities, Düsseldorf is one of the gainers. The state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia boasts three one-star addresses: Bread & Roses, Le Flair and Nenio. Berlin consolidates its reputation as a European culinary hotspot with seven two-star and twelve one-star restaurants.
Achievers of the year are three chefs who have been awarded two stars for the first time: Marco Müller of Rutz in Berlin, Tristan Brandt of Opus V in Mannheim and Tohru Nakamura of Geisels Werneckhof in Munich. Müller has introduced beetroots and cabbage into top cuisine; Nakamura likes to gets ideas from his garden.
In addition, the testers found that more and more restaurants are cooking at a high level, but banking on a casual, easygoing ambience. The trend to “casual dining” appeals especially to the younger public.