The 2015 MICHELIN guide Germany:a record-setting selectionWith 25% more starred restaurants than five years ago, Germany confirms its status among the world’s gastronomical elite Michelin today unveiled the selection of the 2015 MICHELIN guide Germany, which this year honors three new two-star restaurants and 31 one-star restaurants This is a record for Germany, which boasts 25% more starred restaurants than just five years ago, with a total of 282 bearing the distinction. The 2015 selection of the MICHELIN guide Germany thus features three additional 2 stars restaurants: Brenners Park Restaurant in Baden Baden, EssZimmer at BMW Welt in Munich and Ammolite – The Lighthouse Restaurant in the Europa Park theme park and resort in Rust. This makes for a total of 38 two-star restaurants in Germany, versus 18 back in 2010, setting a new record that attests to the rapid ascent of local gourmet dining in recent years. Similarly, with 31 new 1 star restaurants in the selection, there have rarely been so many one-star establishments in the MICHELIN guide Germany in the 52 years since the first edition was published. In all, Germany has 233 restaurants with one star. Lastly, with eleven 3 stars restaurants, Germany once again boasts the second-highest number of three-star restaurants in Europe, just after France. The highest distinction, three stars are awarded to just 100 or so restaurants in the world that exhibit “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”. “Our inspectors have seen German gourmet dining really take off in recent years,” says Michael Ellis, International Director of the MICHELIN guides.“You only have to look at what’s happened in the last five. Germany has never had so many one- and two-star restaurants, nor so many Bib Gourmand restaurants.The addition of 25% more starred restaurants in five years is a testament to the extraordinary vitality of the German culinary scene, which ranks among the best in Europe and the world.Its lively cuisine is led by a new generation of extremely talented chefs who are open to ideas from around the world, who brilliantly execute innovative cooking techniques and who embody the future of German gastronomy,which is destined to shine for many years to come.” A bevy of stars for students of the Wohlfahrt school Among the new restaurants awarded stars this year, six of them are headed by chefs who trained under the famous Harald Wohlfahrt. Honored with three stars for his restaurant Schwarzwaldstube in Baiersbronn-Tonbach, Wohlfahrt is Germany’s most “starred” chef. By transferring his knowledge and technique to others, he is now playing a major role in the emergence of a new generation of German chefs.Growing enthusiasm for excellent cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere Journeying across Germany over many months, the MICHELIN guide inspectors observed many trends that illustrate just how much Germany gastronomy is evolving. This year, for example, chefs are continuing to lean toward restaurants with a more relaxed, informal feel. Among this year’s starred restaurants, several offer a very high level of cuisine in a simple, no-frills atmosphere, where no particular investment has been made in decorating or tableware. The inspectors also noted that vegetarian offerings have developed significantly, with a large number of restaurants now offering full vegetarian menus. Lastly, chefs have remained as attentive as ever to the quality of the meat they serve, in terms of origin, livestock treatment, aging and cut. They have become unbending on these criteria, which are of deep concern to consumers. A new Bib Gourmand record The number of restaurants awarded the Bib Gourmand label continues to rise year after year. The 2015 MICHELIN guide Germany lists a total of 474 Bib Gourmand addresses, which is 30% more than five years ago, and a record since the guide’s creation in 1997. Indicated in the MICHELIN guide by the = pictogram, the Bib Gourmand distinction is awarded to restaurants that offer a complete, three-course meal (starter, main course and dessert) for €35 or less. The 2015 MICHELIN guide Germany will go on sale on November 7 for €29.95 (€30.80 in Austria and 39 francs in Switzerland). The MICHELIN guide selection is also available in digital format, at restaurant.michelin.de. The 52nd edition of the MICHELIN guide Germany features 3,540 hotels and 2,276 restaurants, including: ü 11 3 stars restaurants ü 38 2 stars restaurants (of which 3 new) ü 233 1 star restaurants (of which 31 new) ü 474 Bib Gourmand restaurants (of which 69 new)
 Restaurant Neue Liebe in Hanover closed after the 2015 MICHELIN guide Germany went to print. The printed version of the guide therefore features 475 Bib Gourmand addresses.
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