German Gastronomy Is Still As Flexible And Daring As Ever Despite Difficult Circumstances

The MICHELIN Guide for Germany reaches a record of 334 Stars.

1 new restaurant achieves Three MICHELIN Stars; 8 join the Two-MICHELIN Star family; 34 restaurants are awarded One MICHELIN Star. 16 new MICHELIN Green Stars recognized for their commitment towards a more environmentally conscious gastronomy.

Michelin has revealed the 2023 edition of the MICHELIN Guide for Germany, which is impressive given the difficult circumstances the country has been experiencing due to inflation and a shortage of skilled workers.

The new selection of restaurants showcases the diverse range and unchanged high level of German gastronomy, with a new record of 334 Starred restaurants in total. This includes one new Three-MICHELIN Star restaurant, eight new Two-MICHELIN Star restaurants, and 34 One-MICHELIN Star restaurants.

According to Gwendal Poullennec, the International Director of the MICHELIN Guides, “Despite the many challenges of the current economic situation, the 2023 selection of the MICHELIN Guide for Germany continues to demonstrate a remarkably consistent quality in German gastronomy. Our inspection team was amazed by the vitality of the 2023 vintage, and we are pleased to welcome restaurant JAN into the Three-Star family.” Poullennec also notes the commitment of local professionals to sustainability, regionality, and seasonality in their cuisine, which is recognized in the MICHELIN Guide with the “Green Star.”

JAN Restaurant in Munich;

JAN Restaurant in Munich is the new Three-MICHELIN Star restaurant, with Jan Hartwig’s brilliant gift showcased in his creative cuisine. The restaurant has a relaxed yet highly professional atmosphere, with modern interior and service.

The Guide also includes a remarkable record of 50 Two-MICHELIN Star restaurants, eight of which are new. The number of One-MICHELIN Star restaurants has increased from the previous edition, with 34 new additions. Notable additions include two new One-MICHELIN Star restaurants in Berlin, The NOname and Bonvivant, and three new One-MICHELIN Star restaurants in Freiburg: Colombi Restaurant, Eichhalde, and Wolfshöhle. Munich has two new One-MICHELIN Star restaurants, Brothers and mural farmhouse – FINE DINE, with the latter also honored with the Green Star for its inspiring sustainable practices. Additionally, one Star was awarded to Sahila – The Restaurant in Cologne.

16 new MICHELIN Green Stars for more sustainable gastronomy with inspiring practices

16 new MICHELIN Green Star restaurants have been added to the 2023 selection, bringing the total number to 72. The 16 restaurants are: Schloss Hohenstein, Brauereigasthof Aying, Bandol sur mer, BjörnsOX, Traube, Das Grace, James Farmhouse, Landgasthof Zur Post, Oben, Sennhütte, Hirsch Genusshandwerk, MARBURGER Esszimmer, mural, mural farmhouse – À LA CARTE, mural farmhouse – FINE DINE and Landhaus Tanner, and demonstrate that, more than ever, restaurateurs are committed to sustainability and thus to environmentally friendly and resource-saving working methods in their restaurants.

This is a forward-looking development that has continued unabated since the introduction of the Green Star in the 2020 MICHELIN Guide for Germany and is highly appreciated by guests. With a variety of initiatives, restaurateurs are demonstrating a steadily growing awareness around sustainability, and the measures implemented include the use of regional (organic) seasonal produce and meat from species-appropriate animal husbandry, short transport routes, avoiding waste, recycling and saving energy, as well as increasing staff awareness and guest information. Respectful handling of resources and food are essential for a more sustainable, and therefore future-oriented, gastronomy.

@Colombi Restaurant Freiburg

Four Michelin Special Awards for outstanding performance by professionals

Created to highlight the wonderful diversity of the restaurant industry, Mentor Chef, Young Chef, Service and Sommelier are the four awards presented by the MICHELIN Guide this year.

Christian Bau from 3-MICHELIN Star restaurant Victor’s Fine Dining by Christian Bau in Perl-Nennig, who has shared valuable know-how with numerous young chefs and thus rendered outstanding services to the promotion of young talent in gastronomy, is honored as Mentor Chef. The award is presented in cooperation with Swiss watch manufacturer Blancpain.

The Young Chef Award goes to Alina Meissner-Bebrout, who has shown remarkable performance and passion in her young years: a passionate and talented chef, her pleasantly unpretentious little restaurant bi:braud in Ulm was awarded a MICHELIN Star this year.

Mona Schrader from Two-MICHELIN Star restaurant Jante in Hanover is honored with the Service Award. Here, the warm hostess not only shines with her expert knowledge and experienced advice, but also ensures a relaxed atmosphere with her charm and her obliging and pleasantly natural manner.

Finally, the award for great Sommelier performance was presented to Christophe Meyer. The Strasbourg native, who moved to the Black Forest for love, shines in the restaurant Le Pavillon in Bad Peterstal-Griesbach with well-founded wine expertise. His recommendations for Martin Herrmann’s 2-MICHELIN Star cuisine are adequate – they have been a well-established team for many years.

JAN Restaurant in Munich