Berlin Master Chefs 2018 – diverse and inspiring like the city 

The "Berlin Master Chef" award stands for the creativity and innovative spirit of the food metropolis. And for the courage and the feel for trends of their protagonists, to which star cooks belong as well as newcomers. In 2018 a “Berlin Kiez Master” was also selected for the first time. On October 13, 2018, the “Best of the Best“ will be honored at a gala ceremony. You can be there too! 

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Pickled mackerel and grilled smelt combined with licorice seaweed cream, bonito flakes, and iced Japanese Dashi fish broth: not your everyday kitchen creation! For Daniel Achilles it is. The chef and managing director of “reinstoff” was voted “Berlin Master Chef 2018” at the end of August. Achilles’ innovative culinary art not only inspires the guests flocking to his restaurant in a former lightbulb factory, but also the 13-person Master Chef jury: “Ingenious, virtuoso, and every dish is something new, surprising, his own, and unique,” began its decision for the Leipzig native to be the “Best of the Best.”

Daniel Achilles, who was awarded the title “Chef of the Year 2014” by the renowned French restaurant guide Gault-Millau in 2014, is a pioneer of both the new Berlin cuisine  and a capital scene that has conquered a leading position internationally in the world of gastronomy and enjoyment. “Berlin has developed into a true food metropolis. The gastronomy scene is diverse, inspiring, and international. It shapes people and the city and strengthens Berlin’s appeal for creative minds from all over the world.” Stefan Franzke, Managing Director of the Berlin Partner business development agency, which initiated the “Berlin Master Chefs” in 1997. 

Since then, it has been awarded 22 times. Its objective is to draw attention to the sophisticated restaurant culture and the diversity of the metropolitan gastronomy scene. More than 130 chefs and restaurateurs have been awarded in various categories so far. This year there were even honors in six categories, because 2018 also included the “Berlin Kiez Master” for the very first time.

Daniel Achilles (Berlin Master Chef 2018) | © Berlin Partner, Peter-Paul Weiler

In addition to honoring Daniel Achilles as “Berlin Master Chef 2018,” the title of “Newcomer of the Year 2018” went to Nicholas Hahn from “Restaurant am Steinplatz” in Berlin-Charlottenburg. “Classic basis, superb products, and everything freshly presented,” goes the jury’s reasoning for its choice. One of Hahn’s top ingredients is the South American Jacón root, which he first discovered in the area around Berlin, from a farmer in Mecklenburg. 

For the “Berlin Innovator 2018,” the jury chose Billy Wagner, owner and sommelier of the fashionable restaurant “Nobelhart & Schmutzig” on Friedrichstraße, which stands out above all thanks to its seasonal dishes with local products. According to the jury, Wagner himself is said to stand for courage. He has demonstrated that everything goes here if you believe in it and fight for the good cause.”

André Macionga from the “Restaurant Tim Raue” in Berlin-Kreuzberg became the “Best Berlin Host 2018.” Gault-Millau already voted him “Host of the Year” in 2017. The Master Chef jury found that  “his smile alone makes for a good mood, he is rather modest, and always knows when to discreetly withdraw at the right moment or when to be supremely present, even if guests just want to chat away: about Berlin, the cuisine, or the wines.

The title “Most Fashionable Berlin Restaurant 2018” in turn was given to Neukölln’s “TISK Speisekneipe.” “Two Berlin guys tell a story of looking for and finding the new Berlin cuisine,” the jury enthused. Martin Müller and Kristof Mulak combine the qualities of a modern restaurant with those of a corner bar. Their basic idea is that the guest should feel at home with them. Over an “Unrolled dumping,” for example, a rollmops-style mackerel with roasted mustard seeds, cucumber, yogurt, jalapeno, and tabasco.

And the newly launched “Berlin Kiez Master 2018?” It went to the traditional Charlottenburg fish smokehouse “Rogacki.” According to the jury, it’s “old Berlin at its finest.” And also “heart and soul for many in the neighborhood around Wilmersdorfer Straße and beyond.”

Anyone who would like to experience the “Berlin Master Chefs” live outside of their culinary workshops will have the opportunity to do so on October 13: As part of a gala dinner, the coveted award will be officially presented in the Moabit brewhouse. There are still tickets available for the aftershow party at 11 p.m. Food and drinks included!

More about the Berlin Master Chefs 2018 and online tickets here

Berlin is freedom, diversity, creativity, internationality, and the joy of experimentation: all of this unites the city into an extraordinary gastronomic location.
Dr. Stefan Franzke, CEO Berlin Partner

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