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Five top chefs named in Germany & Austria Local Competition

Five top chefs named in Germany & Austria Local Competition

Karl Obauer, Karlheinz Hauser, Nico Burkhardt, Robert Maas and Sarah Henke have been selected as the chef local jury in the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Germany and Austria Local Competitions 2017.

The five strong team of Germany based professionals will be tasked with selecting the most promising young chef in the Germany and Austria region. They will choose the candidate from a shortlist of 10 young chefs in the region based on the strength of their signature dish, which the panel will taste during the Germany and Austria Local Competition 2017 in May.

Meet the Germany and Austria Jury

Returning S.Pellegrino Young Chef seasoned professional Karlheinz Hauser will head up the team of jurors once again. The Baden born chef has supported the competition since it first began in 2015 and will re-assume his role as mentor this year. Hauser will tutor the young chef regional finalist up until the final stages of the competition in Milan, where he/she will present their signature dish to the Seven Sages, an international jury of some of the best chefs in the world.

As a young chef Hauser garnered his early professional experience working under ‘Chef of the Century’ Eckart Witzigmann at Aubergine in Munich. Building on his formative experience he next moved to Berlin where he became executive chef at Hotel Adlon near the Brandenburg Gate. Hamburg was to follow with the Seven Seas restaurant, where he won two Michelin stars and 17 Gault-Millau points. Hauser is now a familiar face on German TV having worked on the show ARD Buffet, and as a guest judge on ZDF’s Kitchen Battles TV show.

Also joining the jury is fellow S.Pellegrino Young Chef returning panellist, Karl Obauer. Chef Obauer has been running Restaurant Obauer in Werfen along with his brother Rudi, since 1979. His creative twist on regional ingredients has won the restaurant 2 Michelin stars and 19/20 in the Gault Millau guide.

Next up is Berlin born Nico Burkhardt, head chef at Michelin starred OLIVO in Stuttgart. Burkhardt will be amongst old friends having once been Karlheinz Hauser’s head chef at the Seven Seas. The chef also counts chef de partie and sous chef at the Atoll Hotel on Helgoland and commis chef at the Residenz Heinz Winkler in Aschau amongst his professional experience.

Chef Robert Maas joins the team from EQUU restaurant in Bonn. Maas took to the kitchen in his mid twenties following his heart and passion for good food. And while his entry into fine dining cooking came later in life, he has already demonstrated the necessary dedication and talent to be a successful part of the industry clocking up 14 years of experience. Maas’s restaurant opened in 2015 and was awarded a first Michelin star just one year later.

Finalising the team is South Korean born and Germany raised chef, Sarah Henke. Henke began training as a cook in the family business straight after leaving school, soon launching her successful career. She is currently at the helm of her new project, YOSO restaurant in Andernach, drawing on a street and sushi formula that takes inspiration from the four elements. Henke has already set the benchmark for success obtaining her first Michelin star in 2014 at Spices restaurant and retains her signature style interpreting regional ingredients with an Asian twist.

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