World Traveller

Fine dining

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For decades, German cuisine was considered more stodgy than stylish, more functional than flavoursom­e — but it now boasts a constellat­ion of Michelin stars. Many of its most decorated chefs have risen from humble beginnings: like Helmut Thieltges, who has transforme­d the Waldhotel Sonnora, his family’s modest guesthouse in western Germany, into a gourmet grandee boasting three Michelin stars. Meanwhile, Chef Joachim Wissler grew up on a farm in the Swabian Alb, a southern mountain range. Today, he gives classic alpine fare an haute cuisine twist, at the helm of his three-starred restaurant Vendôme in the Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg. For the culinary connoisseu­r, other top tables include Rutz (in Berlin),

Aqua (in Wolfsburg), and The Table (Hamburg) — all have a trio of Michelin twinklers.

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