German efficiency and technical excellence is something that has never been doubted. Whether it be cars, machinery or even kitchens – the nation’s attention to detail and meticulous workmanship has resulted in economic excellence and limited damage at the hands of the recession. German kitchens are now becoming the choice of many for their homes due to the aforementioned quality, rigidity and a sleek look.
This is the case to such an extent that kitchen showrooms are popping up, dedicated to showcasing the very best fitted kitchens from our German cousins –some of the best of which are based in Canterbury. Kitchen specialists have seen such a surge in demand for high quality kitchens that they are even due to open a 4,000 sq ft flagship showroom in London.
Not only is Germany pulling away from the pack in terms of superb kitchens but also what is produced from within them. Michelin now place German restaurants and kitchens second behind France in terms of food quality and excellence, presumably due to the extra wealth that has arisen as a result of their economic fortune.
Previously dismissed or even ridiculed for less than glamorous dishes such as saumagen (pig’s stomach) or sauerbraten (horse in vinegar) – Germany is well and truly at a pinnacle when it comes to haute cuisine and the facilities with which they are produced.
There are now 10 restaurants in Germany that hold three of the much coveted Michelin stars, with La Belle Epoque in Lubeck-Travemunde being the latest to reach this very desirable milestone. Michelin have rewarded the Germans with this accolade due to consistent excellence and also the experimental food produced in its kitchens. This said, France is still literally miles away from the rest of Europe with an incredible 26 three star Michelin restaurants.
Tim Raue, hailing from the country’s capital has also recently been voted as the chef with the most international outlook – he dazzled Michelin judges with his dim sums.
So, with some of the finest food and kitchens that are setting standards for the rest of the globe, it seems that Germany is the place to be at present for all the gastro out there. Top quality tools and easy to manoeuvre kitchens, top produce and an economy that can afford it – France may not be quaking in its boots just yet but time could tell.