What has been your most memorable dining experience?
Among many many highlights and memorable meals I probably have to point out my first Alinea dinner in 2008 when Grant Achatz had not regained his full taste potential and did nevertheless present a divine meal, many of the dishes I can still taste today. But, what's more, the menu was so diligently composed that there was a full flow of energy that made the overall experience so special.
Is there anything you would never try?
Curious as I am, I try everything. And I have tried everything so far. You don't wanna know the details...
What’s your favourite comfort food?
A good Wiener Schnitzel at my favorite Austrian restaurant Lohninger in Frankfurt. Not to be missed!
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Hard to say, maybe a combination of dishes from Christian Bau, Thomas Bühner, Sven Elverfeld and Andreas Caminada. If I had to restrict myself to one chef I would definitely steal Christian Bau from his kitchen in Perl-Nennig and have him cook for me forever - and not only sophisticated high-end stuff of course.
After a long week, what’s your meal of choice?
Depends on my mood whether I need some soul food or go for some more upscale food. But, just to relax, I would go to a small relaxed place serving excellent products in a simple way. Ponte in Frankfurt, Pure White in Cologne or Cordobar in Berlin are such rare spots...
What are the three finer things in life that you secretly indulge in?
I love fine clothing, especially if there is fine craftmanship behind so that one can see how much effort and passion has gone into it. It's like an excellent dish that can be analysed and tells you so much about the chef and his creative and technical abilities.
Describe yourself in three foodie words…
Authentic, analytic, enthusiastic